Premium Members Blog – 26th November, 2018


We predicted it and it happened. It had to happen. You can’t have People playing Politics with the Sport, chasing their own agenda, Ego, Fighting, taking sides, it’s all about them, not the Members. They destroyed the Sport. Will it be reflected upon as to just WHO, destroyed the Sport?????
Best wishes to the new C.E.O. who deserved a Bravery Medal – more below, including the crash and burn TRIPLE CROWN FINAL 🙁

26th November, 2018

Hi Folks, hope You are all well. Been an unbelievable Week here with a total of 50mm of Rain across the 7 Days, which has been a real surprise, topping up the Tanks and ruining the Schoolies Weekend, yet again 🙂 It seems, every Year, the poor things arrive in their shorts, shivering and then Saturday Night Concert Rained out. I bet they are putting pressure on the Parents for future trips to Surfers and Bali, instead of cool Victor Harbor lol
Had my first breath test, for booze and Drugs, in the middle of the Day, on Thursday would you believe. Guess how many Police were at the road side station????…….24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ….Poor Tax Payers. What a total waste of resources!!!!!
Mrs. HP’s back is still no good, with bruising now right across Her shoulder blades and unable to ride still. Lunging lots or a Trail Ride now and again, only.
Cappo has gone out in sympathy, having knocked a Leg on something and slightly male. Go figure that? Must have been the Schoolies 🙂 for w had 3 o 4 of them staying on a vacant 5 acres next door, with their Boom Boom Music.
We have got the Reno under control and ready to tile this Week Wednesday. Exciting as to how it will finish.


8.30am at the Airport, all Day Tomorrow and Mrs.HP is teaching at Gainsborough. It will be quite interesting what goes on with this Committee. I’ll let You know but there is a representative of Godolphin on it ?????
the Rains has helped everything……. and more Tomorrow!!!


First, congrats to all of my Ladies who are starting their own Horses, all successful and we haven’t seen a fail yet. Not bad ey?
Here are another two examples, being used here Tonight, as I give feedback to the Lady below with the Pinto.
Now Sarah has done a great job as well, for this is the Horse that had the Teenage Brat Face on it, with the Horse hanging on her every move.


Out system of Mouthing, especially with the ‘Long Reining’, differs from the conventional ‘Long Reining’ used throughout History and these two Videos below present a graphic example and snapshot of both. The opposing ends of the spectrum.
Now Sarah, You have done a wonderful job and this is the only first feedback for You. Whilst the Horse completely understands the stops, turns backup and go, she is doing it in a way where she is second guessing You and both of You are relying upon subtle cues and hints, Her reading your Body language and indeed, your Mind.
Now whilst this always gives a basic Mouth, it can never give Air Brakes. ALL Front Mouths produced by the Historic long rein ins system, fail to give AIR BRAKES, where if a Young Horse got a fright and did a Runner, You CANNOT stop it via the front Brakes. You can only stop them with front brakes, via our system. It is the ONLY system of Mouthing that can do this.

Now for an example of the difference. Note the extreme lightness of the Chestnut below, with Dianne.
Now she is well advanced past You Sarah but it is the integrity of the Mouth that I want You to note.


In a ‘Nut Shell ‘, it is the difference between one Horse ANTICIPATING the learnt expectation and the other Horse giving to the total demand that is suddenly and SURPRISINGLY put upon it… put it another way……..
The Pinto at this stage ( caused largely by a willingness to show how much it has learnt) is stopping to indicators but the Chestnut is stopping and backing to CONTACT, Brakes, Demand and as I say……..a ‘Brick Wall’………
where one Horse chooses to stop and the other Horse “STOPS OR ELSE”……..
So well done Sarah, going great for Your first Video/Homework marking. I will also make one more observation though, regarding the Build of these two Horses.
It is even more important that the Pinto has a top Mouth, for the Ärnold Schwarzenegger”  Neck, compared to the Chestnut.
TIP –  if a Horse guesses Your back up intention, hide behind it’s eye briefly and catch it by surprise.
Well done to both Ladies.


Morning John, hope you’re well. Re-mouthing of OTTB going ok, but just ordered a smaller girth as he’s only a little one (15.2) and the full size one done up as tight as it would go was pulling forward today with the running reins on him. Quick question, when long reining him I ask him to stop and he fights as you expect, then starts walking backwards, eventually puts his head down but doesn’t really give in the poll I don’t think – I think he’s just lowering his whole neck. Do I keep the pressure on his mouth no matter how far back we walk back until he gives that poll? Do I need to drive him forward at the same time to stop him walking back? Not sure I’m co-ordinated enough haha I put the running reins on today to teach him to give in the poll as I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere with him with the long reins. Kept tightening them until I had success.
Yes, here You are dealing with the on existent Mouth of the Race Horse, well used to 100kg on it, such that they shift Females off their feet often ( which they must not of course) Go get the Husband if need be.
With the backup however, this is not unusual, for these Horses have no idea of submission and of long forgotten “Reward and Relief ”
So You should find on my Re-Mouthing DVD’s somewhere, a section where AFTER getting the Horse used to Running Reins, and HAVE ELIMINATED chance of Rearing, put them on for this part of the re-mouthing whilst long reins, thereby gaining assistance from the equipment and insisting upon it during the stop and back up. Only then can they experience, the REWARD if given fast and well by the Handler. Don’t miss the chance!!!


20th November 2018

Dear Member

It is with the greatest pleasure that we announce that Equestrian South Australia has a new Office
– Executive Officer, and we formally welcome Janeth Flowers to the Team!
Over a two round recruitment process, consisting of an initial interview with an independent panel,
followed by a presentation to the full Board,
Janeth had fierce competition for the role, and it was an
extremely hard fought process, with over 40 applications, and no less than 13 very serious contenders.
Janeth is a CPA qualified Accountant, with extensive accounting experience at all levels of accounting
(financial, management, budget, audit, and process improvement
). Additionally she has a strong background in business management, human resources and team leadership at a strategic level.
Janeth also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Her new role will commence with ESA on 3rd December,
and together with the newly formed Board,
we see this appointment as an exciting move forward for the equestrian industry, as we work together
toward a culture of stability, inclusion, enjoyment, respect, open communication and transparency.
As further updates on management/staffing, it is with regret that we advise Members that Nick Wyntie has chosen to resign his role as a member of the Equestrian South Australia Board.
Whilst we are sad that Nick has resigned, we are delighted to announce that we are in  the process of finalising arrangements to have Olympian, Wendy Schaeffer, join us as a co-opted member of the Board.
Wendy has indicated to us that she would like to be a part of the future of Equestrian Sport in
SA, and give back to the sport that she has been an integral part of as competitor, coach and mentor, both here and overseas during her illustrious career!
The Board would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our ever so committed staff, who have worked so hard to keep all member services running without interruption over an extremely tumultuous period of change.
So to Lyndal, Felicity, Robyn and Mary, we extend our sincere thanks for the extra hours and the tireless work you have all put in.
Over the next few weeks, please note that there will be some disruption to ESA office services, as staff take some well earned time to catch a breath and regroup.
We look forward to a new, brighter future for ESA

With regards
The Board
Equestrian South Australia


We predicted it and it happened. It had to happen. You can’t have People playing Politics with the Sport, chasing their own agenda, Ego, Fighting, taking sides, it’s all about them, not the Members. They destroyed the Sport. Will it be reflected upon as to just WHO, destroyed the Sport?????
They all know who they are. “The Old Biddies’ I have often got after, trying to drag them into the new Age. They didn’t listen though.


Yesterday, Mt. Crawford Dressage Club hosted one of the Years most important Comps, with Interstate Judges, flown in at expense. It should have been cancelled. THE TRIPLE CROWN FINAL
The entire Draw, all Day, was like this…………. Remember the Days when there was balloting for Prelim and Novice, with 30 in the Class and others waiting?

They killed the Sport Folks and should be hanging their Heads low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Shadow judging – the dreaded “let’s all scratch” Elementary class 🙈
Upgrade not too far away 💪🏼


why is she being so careful then Crack Head????


” The Success of Your Horsemanship is found in the Face of the Horse”
A question asked by a Brazillian this Week………
I’m amateur I want to learn more




  I had just started a Young Horse and was riding it around the Property at Gainsborough. As I came around behind one Bank of Stables, I came across a Parked Car, on the Road. 8.30am.
As I squeezed past it, trying not to damage the Paint, I glanced down just as the Horse committed and saw the Face of a Married Women, looking up at me, whilst she was Mounted by a Male, not being Her Husband smileyfallbackwards …..She was an Agistee….I could write a Book.




November 21, 2018/72 Comments/in NRHA /by Animal Welfare
Following years of controversy over horse abuse and high levels of drugging, the FEI is finally disconnected from the sport of reining.
Insiders at the FEI and connections say that they have been working to find a way to disconnect from the NRHA reiners without bringing a further spotlight on the abuse and drugging and creating further shame on FEI events.
In this latest move, the FEI has terminated their agreement with both the NRHA and AQHA. The FEI  issued a statement Tuesday highlighting its position on three provisions of the agreement – classes for horses age 7 and older, stewarding requirements and medication regulations. Drug report from FEI Nov 18
The reining horse industry, although promoting they are growing, and their passion for horses have an ever-growing record of abuse and show little evidence of a desire to improve it. The public are becoming more aware of the abuse applied to the training of these horses and are not accepting it.
Everyone remembers the vile video and images of Craig Schmerscal and Martin Muehlstaetter at FEI in Europe where people saw firsthand the degree of abuse these horses suffer. The domination and spurring that makes peoples skin crawl.
The daughter of a board member Roseanne Sternberg, riding Shiners Chic tested positive to the banned steroid stanozololfailing and was suspended. It is reported in some media that over the period of the agreement, the NRHA has the highest positive drug test results of all FEI sports.
Maybe this is the bell tolling on yet another chapter of reining slowly imploding as the general public step away and those with a conscious toward horse welfare
and well done the the F.E.I. but shame on Craig Schmerscal and Martin Muehlstaetter for being Cruel Bustuds and damaging the sport.


Horse sport’s world governing body has opened the door for separate world championship events in 2022, in favor of an FEI World Equestrian Games.
After two bidding rounds, no realistic bids had been submitted for the 2022 event, leading the FEI Bureau to open up bidding to individual world championships in all disciplines. It said preference would be given to multi-discipline bids, and that the world championships for Dressage and Para Dressage should be combined.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos stressed that the move did not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games, and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered.
But he made it clear that securing world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines was crucial as these serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.
“We must take courage to look at the future of our World Championships and ask if the WEG is still the best format,” De Vos told the Irish Examiner.
“We must ask ourselves if it is still realistic to impose a model integrating all our disciplines in one event. If we want to be successful, we need to have a model that creates competition and can interest a lot of organisers rather than having to fight to find and motivate one organiser for WEG,” De Vos said.
Expressions of interest to host world championships in 2022 would need to be in by the end of February 2019, followed by workshops with bidders to understand their expectations and constraints. Bids would be evaluated during 2019, and the allocation made at the in-person Bureau meeting at the FEI General Assembly in November 2019.
The first World Equestrian Games were held in 1990. The most recent WEG was at Tryon in North Carolina earlier this year, after it stepped up to host the event after funding issues forced Canada’s Bromont to pull out. But there were issues from the outset, including unfinished facilities and the cancellation of the endurance event. Bad weather forced the delay of other events and the cancellation of one of the main dressage contests.
FEI Games Operations Director Tim Hadaway provided the Bureau with a detailed report on the 2018 Games, including looking at areas of concern, particularly late delivery of the venue facilities. All these issues will be incorporated into the transfer of knowledge documentation for major FEI events.
The findings of the Equestrian Community Integrity Unit after its investigation into the events surrounding the endurance event will be presented at the General Assembly on November 20.


he Queen of England may be 92, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Earlier this week, the British monarch was photographed horseback riding in Windsor.
For the occasion, Her Majesty wore a navy blue coat and a printed, cream-colored scarf in lieu of a helmet. In the past, the Telegraph has reported that she always declines to wear a “hard hat” so as to not mess up her hair.
The Queen has long been an avid equestrian, taking her first lessons at just three years old, but as she’s gotten older, she’s grown a bit more particular about when she will ride. A few years ago, the Queen was filmed telling her aide, “I’m rather a fair-weather rider now. I don’t like getting cold and wet.”
On Tuesday, she was accompanied by head groom Terry Pendry, who looked dapper in a bowler hat and riding jacket.
But the Queen and Pendry weren’t the only ones dressed for the occasion. Elizabeth II’s horse also appears to be sporting a cluster of posies up by its ear, a symbol honoring fallen troops, and nodding to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Later this week, the Queen will attend the national service of remembrance, where Prince Charles will lay a wreath on her behalf. At this point, it’s unclear if the Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Sunday event, as he has retired from public life, but he was also out and about this week.
Prince Philip was spotted carriage driving, one of his favorite pastimes, on the Windsor grounds on Tuesday.


The results of a study in which 128 owners were quizzed about caring for horses suggest a fundamental lack of knowledge, according to researchers.
An overview of the findings of the British study, based around a 40-question online multiple choice survey, formed a poster presentation at the recent International Society for Equitation Science annual conference in Rome.
Horse owners have a duty of care to safeguard the wellbeing of horses in their care, Hartpury University researcher Jane Williams and her colleagues said.
However, many reported welfare problems were linked to unintentional neglect due to owner ignorance.
Williams, David Marlin, Lynn Pal and Hayley Randle set out to assess the equine knowledge base of British horse owners.
A total of 128 owners aged 18 and over completed the survey, distributed via horse-related Facebook pages.
Seventy-four of those who took part were found to have no degree, 27 had an undergraduate degree, and 27 had a postgraduate qualification.
The questions covered equine management, health, behaviour and welfare. Fourteen of the questions were categorised as easy, 14 as medium, and 12 as hard.
Roughly four out of every five answered the easy questions correctly. However, around one in five selected incorrect answers or said they did not know the correct answer.
Less than half of the participants answered the “medium” questions correctly – 47.29%. Nearly a third – 31.51% – selected incorrect answers and 21.21% did not know the correct answer.
Even fewer respondents (21.51%) gave the correct answers for the hard questions, the study team reported. Most either selected the incorrect response (46.17%) or did not know the correct answer (32.32%).
Key areas where knowledge was poor included the recommended forage-to-concentrate ratio (52.71% got it wrong), identification of the signs of colic (41.09% were incorrect) and the recommended shoeing interval (49.46% got it wrong).
“These results suggest a lack of fundamental knowledge exists in these horse owners, which has the potential to negatively impact equine health and welfare,” the researchers concluded.
“Further research is needed to identify if this is a universal phenomenon in the equine industry and to explore strategies to educate horse owners and by association improve equine wellbeing.”
The study team said this weak knowledge base could lead to unintentional neglect or prove detrimental to the welfare of horses in the respondents’ care.
Educating horse owners is essential to promote equine wellbeing, they said.
Williams heads the Department of Animal and Agriculture at Hartpury University; Marlin is a scientific and equine consultant; Pal a neurobehavioural and biological chartered psychologist who specialises in dressage; and Randle is an associate professor within the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Australia.
Williams, J., Marlin, D., Pal, L., & Randle, H. (2018). Do Horse Owners Know How To Care For Their Horses? Poster session presented at International Society for Equitation Science 2018, Rome, Italy.
The poster presentation is published under a Creative Commons License. 
try and to explore strategies to educate horse owners and by association improve equine wellbeing.”
Lol, no research required. Do some research on how to make Pony Club and the rest, teach what is actually needed to care for Horses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A rider who was trampled by her horse after he was spooked by a speeding car has been awarded more than £12,000 in compensation.
Claire Berry-Jones was leading her then-two-year-old cob Drake out in hand near her yard in Warrington in December 2013 when she heard the car approaching from behind.
“We’d just got on to the verge, which is huge, when I heard the roaring of an engine,” Claire told H&H.
“The car came round so fast, he came on to the verge behind us. I could see the white in my horse’s eye, then he just freaked out.
“He knocked me on to a huge boulder and just galloped over me, on my back, and he trod on my temple. My body was facing one way and my head the other; my then-husband, who was with me, thought I was dead.
“I don’t know how I didn’t break my neck, but all I saw was the car slowing down – he must have seen what happened – and then driving off again.”
Drake was unhurt, and soon caught, but it was found that Claire had suffered soft tissue injuries and concussion. Her injuries have affected the hours she can work, as a self-employed tattoo artist, as she now suffers from sciatica if she sits down for long periods.


A man who allowed the hooves of two donkeys to become so seriously overgrown that both were suffering has been fined £650.
Michael Stephen Walsh, of Rhuallt, Denbighshire, changed his original plea to admit a charge under the Animal Welfare Act. The 54-year-old was sentenced at Mold Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (20 November).
The RSPCA was called by members of the public who had noticed the two male donkeys were having difficulty walking owing to their severely overgrown feet. A vet who examined them found they were so overgrown, the animals were suffering.
RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “The failure to provide adequate care for these donkeys’ overgrown hooves caused them to suffer.
“It is really sad how such basic action could have prevented this. A simple phone call to a farrier could have stopped these poor donkeys suffering.
“Fortunately, both will come into the care of the RSPCA and have a second chance of happiness. But this case reminds us how important proper appropriate care of hooves is for donkeys, and other equines.”
It is understood there was reference in court to Walsh’s having taken bad advice regarding the care of the donkeys.
Walsh was fined £650 and ordered to pay £500 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge. He agreed to sign both donkeys into the RSPCA’s care. A second person accepted a caution for involvement in the poor condition of the donkeys.


An equine vet who assaulted his girlfriend and her son, and attempted to inject a local anaesthetic used for horses into her eyelid, has been suspended for six months.
Richard Sutcliffe, who worked in an equine veterinary practice in Harrogate, was found to be guilty of serious professional misconduct, by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ disciplinary committee, on 14 November.

Sutcliffe had admitted two charges against him: one related to two counts of common assault, against his girlfriend and her son, on 3 December 2016, of which he was convicted at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court in April 2017.
The second concerned Sutcliffe’s attempting to undertake non-emergency surgery on his girlfriend’s eyelid, and administering or attempting to administer a prescription-only medicine.
The vet admitted both charges, although he denied a third charge, of supplying a prescription-only medicine to his girlfriend in August 2016. This charge was dismissed.
The disciplinary panel heard Sutcliffe’s girlfriend had developed a lump on her lower eyelid and was due to have it surgically removed, and that in late summer 2015, it was agreed that he could operate to remove it.
She and Sutcliffe disagreed on whose idea it was for him to attempt the procedure, but he admitted he intended to inject the base of the lump, although he did not do so, with mepivacaine hydrochloride, which is used for nerve-blocking and epidural anaesthesia in horses.
The panel also heard that in December 2016, Sutcliffe assaulted his girlfriend and her then-13-year-old son, at his home, in which his girlfriend and her two children lived. Her eight-year-old daughter was present at the time of the assaults.
Sutcliffe was found guilty in court of two charges of assault, having knocked his girlfriend over, grabbed her neck and banged her head against the floor. He then grabbed her son, pushed him against a wall and banged his head against it.
The panel also heard that during the seven-hour incident, Sutcliffe threatened to set the house on fire, smashed the son’s computer and turned off the power so the children and their mother were in darkness.
Sutcliffe admitted the criminal convictions rendered him unfit to practise, and that his conduct in the 2015 incident “amounted to disgraceful conduct in a professional respect”.
Isolated incident
In mitigation, the panel considered that Sutcliffe had recognised the seriousness of the charges, and made “appropriate admissions”, that the assault was an isolated incident and the attempted procedure consensual, with no harm caused to his partner.
“Apart from the events charged, the respondent is of unblemished good character,” the report said, adding that neither charge had any connection with Sutcliffe’s veterinary practice, and did not affect client or animal welfare.
The committee had also heard evidence from four character witnesses, one the vet’s ex-wife who said she had never seen any violent, bullying or controlling behaviour during her four-year relationship with him, and that the incidents were “entirely out of character”. The other witnesses expressed “similar sentiments”, and the panel read 46 written testimonials from clients and colleagues of Sutcliffe, which “all speak with one voice”.
“Their knowledge of the respondent leads them to say that he is a highly skilled and well respected veterinary surgeon and that the events with which he has been charged are entirely out of character,” the report said.
Committee chairman Professor Alistair Barr added: “As recognised by the committee, the respondent has displayed insight as to the seriousness of his behaviour. Having regard to the evidence of all the character witnesses and the written testimonials, the committee accepts that the respondent’s conduct was wholly out of character and, therefore, there is no significant risk of repeat behaviour.
“The committee considers that the respondent would be fit to return to practise, having regard to his excellent track record as a veterinary surgeon to date, after any period of suspension
“Having regards to the aggravating and mitigating factors in this case, the committee has decided that it is sufficient to maintain public confidence in the profession and declare and uphold proper standards of conduct to give a direction for suspension of the respondent’s name from the register of veterinary surgeons.
“The committee considers that the period of suspension must be sufficient to mark the seriousness of the charges but must be proportionate and fair in the circumstances of the case. The committee has therefore concluded that the appropriate period of suspension is six months.” 
Sutcliffe has 28 days from being informed of the decision to appeal.


HI Mel,
Sorry to hear about Your disaster. Northern Suburbs 🙁 Watch Channel 9 every Night.
I know all about these Companies and their Games. That is the designed and well thought out by the Psychologists employed by the Companies. They all pull it. They terrorize us all and affect our Health. They shorten our lives, although most wouldn;t think of that.
You have to send them the registered LETTER OF DEMAND. They hate the Small Claims Court and they hate Publicity. Give them a bit of their own back Girl!!!!!
The Saddle on my Website is available but it would depend upon your horse, wither scans, your back side and so on.
Give me all the details again????
On 20/11/2018 2:27 pm, Boyce, Melinda (Health) wrote:
Mel, Comet, Jay, Macey and Cleo – Two Wells.



Hi John
I hope you and your lovely family are all well.  Nearly Christmas time and hasn’t 2018 gone so fast?!?!
I haven’t forgotten my saddle that I want to order and which I have already spoken to you about.  I have the deposit, but I am waiting for my stupid insurance company (Allianz) to pay me back the money I have spent on all my bills (involved in a car accident – sitting at a red light minding my own business on Main North Road when a young idiot who wanted to take his life slammed into 2 of us without braking at 90 kph) This was in March 2018 and I am still waiting!!!!  This is the money I am going to use for the balance of the cost.  The insurance company thinks if they don’t reply and make it as hard as possible to get anywhere you will give up, but they don’t know me.  Paul reckons I am like a terrier with a bone once I get my mind set on something.
This is just a quick question.  I notice on your website you are offering a special of a HP swinging fender for $1,399.00.  Is this all your stock or just the one pictured?
I will also be ordering an O’Leary buck stopper – even though I am not sure what it is.  Will this be suitable for a 10hh Shetland?
Much appreciated.

HI Mel,
Sorry to hear about Your disaster. Northern Suburbs 🙁 Watch Channel 9 every Night.
I know all about these Companies and their Games. That is the designed and well thought out by the Psychologists employed by the Companies. They all pull it. They terrorize us all and affect our Health. They shorten our lives, although most wouldnt think of that.
You have to send them the registered LETTER OF DEMAND. They hate the Small Claims Court and they hate Publicity. Give them a bit of their own back Girl!!!!!


no, it’s not a trick question… I bought a saddle from you a few years ago, some other gear and probably all the dvd’s you have, still the best info ever! So I got to ‘know’ you a little bit – wouldn’t want to trick you… It was rather a bit of a weird conversation starter . I would really like to share something with you.
We agree on inflammation and I would also say that old scar tissue is often a problem in horses as well? Colic, maybe the biggest killer? Just two examples what Nrf2 activation in our 20 year old pony, Missy, has done so far: she has been in full work and eventing C Grade until last year (my daughter has grown too long legs, otherwise we would probably have kept the pony going, she is still eager). Her legs started swelling up and after more work and despite swell down, etc. it was taking longer and longer for the legs to get back to be nice and slim. Missy also developed quite some windgalls. I had her on so many supplements, it was really getting on my wallet, especially since nothing seemed to cut it.
My last hope was in an all natural activator (it’s not a supplement), which sounded too good to be true. It wasn’t a quick fix and I am glad I had the patience to keep going. After about 1 month, I realised that her legs stayed nice and slim, even after 2DEs and SJ Champs. The windgalls disappeared after about 2 months. But here it comes:
Missy also had a stick injury in her right eye, which happened 7 years ago, resulting in her being 3/4 blind in this eye. We own her for a bit over 5.5 years. I took pictures every so often just to monitor it. Never anything changed until a couple of months ago. Her eye started to heal. It’s not yet fully healed but I wouldn’t be that astonished anymore, if it would. Meanwhile I have learnt, that Nrf2 activation works on scar tissue, and even if it is very old. Also there are studies that Nrf2 activation is great for colic prevention.
I can send you pictures from the ponies eye if you like and also the link to this study and more info on the whole new technology and findings. It is my honest intention to help as many animals (and people) as I can, so I thought I will start to talk to some influential people in the equine industry and tell them my story (if they like to listen). I don’t want to waste your time if you think that this wouldn’t be something to look at. And maybe you have even heard of it already? Please let me know if you like all the above info and I will send it to you.
Thank you for your time, I guess you are still very busy , so I appreciate it.

Horses and Protandim Updated 10/20/2014
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EQUINE DOSAGE: Almost everyone I know if feeding 2 pills a day, some only one. Dr. McCord’s recommendation is two a day. Some have told me they did a 90-120 day loading dose of two a day and then drop to one. I just drop it in their feed bucket with their grain. If you don’t feed grain consider using ¼ scoop of Equine Senior as it is not grain but a complete feed. Some horses will spit it out. If they do grind it (I use a $15 Hamilton Beach coffee grinder from Walmart) before adding to the grain or get a bottle of molasses and drip a little on the Protandim before putting in the feed bucket.
The following are anecdotal testimonies that I have collected on the impact of using Protandim with horses. My personal horses have been on it since January 2010. Some of their stories are below.
21 year old AQHA Mare – The horse is used to rope calves and steers, runs barrels, poles and does general ranch work – suffered from severe sarcoid tumors in her ears, on her chest, belly and under her mane for over 12 years. The ear tumors totally infested the ears to the point she had to be tranq’d every spring and have them cut out of her ears or you couldn’t bridle her. After several months on Protandim we began to notice the tumors in all areas reduce in size and quantity. After 18 months on Protandim she has one tumor the size of a small fingernail in one ear and three small ¼ inch tumors under her mane. All chest and belly tumors are gone.
19 year old AQHA Gelding – The horse is used to rope calves and steers, riding lessons, turn back horse for cuttings and does general ranch work – Severe arthritis in rear hocks, front knees, navicular disease in front feet – After two months started to notice better movement and flexibility – was able to reduce Isoxsuphrine dosage by half and horse remained at same level of soundness.
21 year old AQHA Gelding – The horse is used to rope steers, and does general ranch work – This horse has always been a bit of a spook on the ground. Once under saddle he was always fine but easily scared when not under saddle. After several months noted a real change in his attitude. Was much calmer on the ground. When being turned out to pasture he would always bolt through the gate and run until he reached the pasture. Now he stands there and allows me to pet him, quietly strolls out, rolls and then heads to pasture quietly. No more bolting around.
28 year old AQHA Gelding – The horse is used for roping and general ranch work – top PRCA level competition quality rope horse – Has been roped on for 24 years and has arthritis in front and rear legs and is slightly navicular in front feet. Was able to reduce Isoxsuphrine dosage by half and he is more comfortable overall in all phases of his work.
15 year old Paint Mare – All around horse used by two young boys for Little Britches Rodeo – In May 2011 the horse diagnosed with 9 subcutaneous cancer tumors. Vet did one cancer treatment and the horse was stared on Protandim. Vet said he expected 8 to 10 treatments and then reevaluate. 30 days after starting on Protandim and after only one treatment from the Vet there were no visible tumors and to date they have not returned.
9 year old Dressage horse – Trainer felt the horse has great physical ability and athleticism in the practice pen however the horse really felt the pressure mentally in the show ring. It was so bad that the horse was disqualified in two consecutive shows prior to getting on Protandim. After 6 weeks on Protandim she entered him in a show and he won it. It was such a positive change in his attitude that the trainer was asked by her friends if she had tranquilized him for the show.
The following is a testimony by Dr. Schafer, a DVM out of Indiana. “A 28 year old mare that I have been seeing as a patient was having problems getting up and around with arthritis and very stiff joints. She most likely has a pituitary tumor and doesn’t shed out in the spring. The owner and myself were worried she would lie down and not be able to stand back up this last winter and would have to be put down. She only has one good leg, all her other legs are firm and stiff from arthritis or past injuries. The owner began giving Protandim this spring, one pill a day. Within 2 weeks
she had shed out. Within 3 months she was walking better and her legs that looked like one solid leg without creases or curves began to look like legs again. If I had not been out to the farm to look at another horse I would not have believed it myself. She is obviously not a spring chick again but she is getting around better.”
6 year old AQHA Gelding – Navicular… This horse has been through training for barrels and roping but since the owner’s auto accident 2 years ago he has been used as a trail horse. He became very sensitive in his front hooves during and after trail rides earlier this year and got to the point where he did not want to move and had to stand with one of his hooves stretched out in front of him to even eat, switching off between hooves. He was diagnosed with Navicular in April of 2012 at which time the Vet who is aware of Protandim recommended we use it instead of the normal therapies that often lead to stomach irritation and other more serious problems. Owner started him on 3 tablets a day, ground up and mixed with molasses, apple sauce and pellets. After about 45 days he showed remarkable improvement and appeared to be pain free. Reduced the dosage to 2 tablets a day and he has continued to be pain free. He gets taken out on trail rides in very rocky terrain and he comes back feeling as good as when we left. He stands level when eating and now even greets his owner by rearing up and kicking at feed time.
25 year old Appaloosa Gelding – Rescue horse used as a companion, light riding. Came to the owner as a foundered horse. Coffin bone rotated and started through sole of hoof, causing abscesses, infection, and complete lameness. Three vets said there is no saving him. Stalled him to limit his activity, farrier put hospital plate and cast on hoof and started him on 1 Protandim a day. Within 6 weeks, the coffin bone recessed back, abscesses and infection gone, sole of foot healed and within 2 months, the sole was completely solid. Was able to let him out to pasture and the first thing he did was take off running with his buddy.
9 year old AQHA gelding ranch horse was sent to a trainer and returned 4 months later with a fractured skull from a kick to the head, a crushed sinus on one side, four abscesses from the resulting infection and a loss of 268 pounds. The head was swollen so badly the horse was hardly recognizable and the forehead resembled a Klingon from the Star Trek series. The horse had been on Protandim for a year prior to being sent to the trainer. Whether he administered the Protandim that was sent along is unknown. Upon return the owner immediately started the horse on 4 Protandim a day, 2 AM and 2 PM. Surgery was performed 10 days later to remove a silver dollar size chunk of dead bone from above the right eye and dig out the infected bone around the other three abscesses. The surgeon stated the head would swell dramatically post-surgery but that it would go away within 60 days. The surgeon also expected a permanent buildup of bone over the surgical area. Within three days after surgery the swelling was actually less than what it had been pre-surgery and within 2 weeks the forehead returned to near normal proportions. Besides Protandim post-surgical treatment consisted of SMZ’s twice a day and wound flushing. All abscesses healed within three weeks and within 8 weeks the gelding had regained over 130 pounds. Once the incisions stopped draining we applied True Science cream to the incisions twice to three times a day and all healed completely with no scarring. The surgeon expected a layer of new bone to form between the eyes leaving a slight bump across his forehead. The bone never appeared and today he has regained his weight and conditioning. Unless you knew he had been injured it’s nearly impossible to tell without a detailed examination of the area.
As of this update there are 231 peer reviewed papers on when you search on “equine oxidative stress”. When I first started tracking this number in early 2010 there were only 69. The vets I have discussed Protandim and horses with have told me that “A mammalian cell is a cell and the science is portable between horses and humans. That is why so many drugs originally used on humans are now also used on horses and vice versa.” They stated that everything it does in a human it should also do in an equine.
I use the following line of questioning and explanation when discussing horses and Protandim for what I see as the base benefit for horses. “Everything I know about health issues in a horse starts with inflammation. Whether it’s in the joints, the muscles or an organ it makes no difference. It all starts with inflammation.” Every horse owner, trainer, vet I know agrees with this statement. I then ask them what they use to reduce or remove inflammation from their horses. The answers are usually along the lines of anti-inflammatory drugs like Isoxuprine, Previcox and Bute, injections like Adequan or Legend, perhaps Hyaluronic Acid, over the counter supplements containing the likes of MSM, Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate, anti-oxidant vitamins or other ingredients.
Others include hydrotherapy, ice, heat, infrared, ultrasound…the list goes on and on. What they all have in common is two things; 1) they all know that not all therapies work on all horses and 2) these are all modalities that address inflammation AFTER it has already occurred and is affecting the health and/or performance of the horse.
I then offer them this alternative. I explain how Dr. McCord’s research has shown that Protandim triggers the cells to naturally upregulate the production of 3,000+ beneficial enzymes and down regulate the production of 400+ damaging enzymes such as inflammatory and fibrotic causing enzymes. I explain that one of the positive enzymes is called Glutathione which is the master regulator of the immune system, it cleans and detoxifies the liver, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it is also the only enzyme that crosses the blood-brain barrier. With the daily use of Protandim the cells are now producing their own internal anti-inflammatory response and lowering the level of CReactive Protein at the same time (CRP is a marker for the propensity to inflame. The lower the marker the less likely the body is develop inflammation). I then ask them “Which way do you think is best to address inflammation in a horse? After it occurs or preventing it at the cellular level as it is occurring? And by the way Protandim increases natural Glutathione production by 300%. The answer is always obvious.
The issue you often have to deal with is the “instant gratification” syndrome that so many of us are looking for in our horses especially with the administration of drugs. These oral drugs or injections that show immediate results often in hours to a few days lead people to believe they are addressing the problem. Sadly deep down inside we all know that in most cases it is only masking the problem while the body heals itself. Protandim is NOT an overnight fix for any horse issue. Given over time it addresses issues in the body caused by oxidative stress no different than a human body. I have personally been feeding it for almost 5 years and it took time to see results but now I wouldn’t be without it.
Approaching Vet’s: I am asked all the time how to approach vet’s, trainers, breeders etc. I approach them all the same as I would a banker, a clerk or my accountant. Lead with the opportunity and let the product support the biz opp. When having the Protandim or Canine Health discussion about animals share the science on and then search on “equine oxidative stress” or “canine oxidative stress” and share that. That information along with this sheet should suffice.
As for horse show competitors and race horses I have been told by many that compete in those fields that none of the ingredients in Protandim are on the banned substances list for any sanctioning organization and they are using it and have been for years in some cases. I do not know that for a fact but is seems reasonable. Use at your own discretion and do your own research if this is an area of concern for you. It is important to state here that as of this update there are no equine studies that have been completed with Protandim. The use of it with any animal is a personal decision for the horse owner or consumer

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