Premium Members Blog – 9th July, 2018


 Hi Folks. How are You all? I hope well.

We were celebrating this Week, having got 17mm in total and basically saved us from Watering in the Middle of Winter. It’s incredible. The Farmers have only just seeded in fact. Big trouble if we don’t get late Rains!!!




has struggled, losing Her Mummy but Auntie Dolce and Uncle Cappo have been going out of their way to help Her. She is finally settling now.

We have been taking Her mind off the trauma, by taking Her for activities, away from the Yards, tied up and grooming, got a Rug on Her this Week, hobble training, grazing and generally bonding with Mrs. HP, which she has and calls out every time she see’s us now. She is growing fast. Is one of the boldest Young one’s I have come across and will challenge anything.


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There is no competing at the moment for Mrs. HP has not re-joined the EA, due to it’s current state and the fact that it could go Bankrupt and lose Her money. Others have not joined either.

Those that were running the Sport, were warned many times and yet we arrive at this disastrous state of affairs. Shocking. Directly affecting the financial viability of all of those within the Industry. 

Mrs. HP has however, been very busy, progressing Dolce and Cappo and teaching lot’s. Especially via the Internet, to Folks around the World.





the for sale horse – video is cut in out and all the time, No transitions are shown and horse looks to spook in its own arena.

Very true but what I was looking for was the unusual Hand Arm angle, with the Hand strategically bumping the Horse real regular, to stop it going into Rollkur or sucking back behind the Bit.

Be careful out there Folks!!!!







Hello Mr O’Leary
I just wanted to say thank you for your quick postage! I’ve just finished watching the mouthing DVD and I’ve 2 things to say…firstly WOW! I can’t wait to implement your system on my almost 3yr old friesian Winston, I’m very impressed! And secondly, the video of breakers at Equitana, I’m no expert by any stretch but oh my god those poor horses…the woman? I couldn’t tell what she was trying to teach let alone that poor horse knowing…Thank goodness for people like you!
Thanks once again!
Kate (and Winston!)

Yes Kate, Equitana is often a revelation. Here is one that tickled me 🙂




Hi john sorry for my bluntness but what the hell is wrong with the dressage arena ….Horse is beautiful at home lessons warm up start to go up towards the arena and Im riding a Llhama so tense wth I try to think calm Ive tried riding the night before at events tryptophan we are 3rd year into competition and still same … Do you think thoroughbreds associate the white arena with racing or claustraphobia Im at a loss please can you let me knopw your thoughts and thanks for being a great horseman

Hi john my chiro was telling me about your running reins used to treat sacroilliac problems is it on your website please

Hi John update on my horse still in rehab seen a top chiro and now feeling 99% yesterday i had an amazing horse long and low and happy still only trotting as want to make sure hes 100% but so happy with his recovery So wanting to take him out to dressage to see how he goes but will have to wait a little longer thanks Terena


Hi John update on my horse still in rehab seen a top chiro and now feeling 99% yesterday i had an amazing horse long and low and happy still only trotting as want to make sure hes 100% but so happy with his recovery So wanting to take him out to dressage to see how he goes but will have to wait a little longer thanks Terena

Well done Terena. Great!!!

Hi john 4 months rehab best dressage test ever on Sunday worked amazing and relaxed just wanted to update thanks





Hi John And Linda. I have done a video of myself riding Phoenix with some background information also. Please excuse the spelling mistakes!
It’s been good for me to watch the video. I cringe but I’m desperate for help. Phoenix is so smart and so capable I just can’t get to the next step! I want Phoenix to enjoy it. And I think once she understands what I’m after she’ll catch on very quick!

Basically as soon as I pick up rein she resists. Breaks aren’t great either, one rein stop good. Can not back up. Teeth up to date and fine. Bit is a neul schule turtle top snaffle. Very soft and kind. I look forward to hearing from you and taking it from there!

Sadly Melbourne weather is bound to get worse! I can get to indoor arenas every now and then though.

Thank you!!!





Hi Sheridan,

I have watched your video and am pleased to say I don’t think her previous injuries are a problem to her. So soundness looks good.

As for the training, a lack of suppleness is the main thing that jumps out at me. She is laterally braced and therefore doesn’t come over her back sufficiently. Even in the long and low footage, she isn’t swinging her back or coming round enough. Horses should come round as a result of being made supple and not because of a certain amount of force we put on the reins. That’s why you feel she is fighting you. Force meets force and I can tell you the horse is stronger than us. Now that doesn’t mean that you don’t sometimes have to take a stronger feel and demand a give to your hand but in general you shouldn’t need to pull like you have been.

Now about suppleness. You mention many times that she is falling in. Which you are correct about. Falling in happens when the horse isn’t off the leg enough from a lateral aspect. You need to urgently teach her to leg yield and teach her to respond to your leg sideways. Her forward response to your leg is good enough. At the end you said yourself, she looks forward enough, and again that is correct. So don’t push her out of rhythm and faster ,as thats why she broke to canter a few times when you didn’t intend to do this. Once you have taught her to her leg yield ,every time she doesn’t come round you shold be pushing her left and right to loosen her up. Also changing rein far more often to encourage a flexible neck and as you change rein leg yield off the new inside leg each time.

To assess correct flexion look for the horses inside eye lid but keep sight of the outside of her brow band as well. Don’t make it too complicated. If you can’t see the inside eye you need to take more inside rein until you can see it. Same as you need more outside rein if you cant see the brow band.Look for both points and correct accordingly . If you get this right she won’t fall in anymore. Falling in, is like a motor bike leaning in on a bend. Only when you can leg yield a horse can you achieve correct flexion and then ask her to go outward on the circle. If you watch back at your footage you’ll see every time she falls in she is also flexed off. Likewise whenever she gives her best outline and felt the best she has correct bend. I ride lots of figure of 8’s,serpentine’s,small circles and leg yield to larger circles like spirals, tear drops and loops. All to keep asking one flexion to the other and back again. The horse must follow your rein within a stride of asking to be supple. Then once I can achieve this, I even ask mine to flex left for say four steps then right for four strides back and forth on a straight line, like the long side of the arena. Making sure you flex an equal amount in both directions. This will be harder on the left rein for her. So more response needed off your left leg in leg yields.

Now the lateral walk will happen when a horse feels restricted and held in the walk. So forcing her round isn’t the answer. Again when she starts to go lateral soften your reins and let the frame a little longer and also leg yield out of your inside leg. I don’t like to do too much riding on a contact in a walk. I mainly ride free rein walk and pick up for s hsort period before making an transition. Walk on a contact can actually ruin the horses walk altogether. Its the only pace that doesn’t have natural impulsion and therfore is the only pace you can ruin beyond repair. Too much contact in trot and canter won’t affect the horses paces but can cause resistance and fight.

When you halt, you need to keep on correcting her sideways step. Again by doing turn on the forehand. Every time she steps to the left put her back to the right and dwell. Use a fence to help. But by swinging herself off to one side, she is avoiding stepping under her centre of gravity. This, if controlled, is what brings her forehand and frame up into true collection. So again collection comes from placing the horses legs and not from pulling the horse harder and shorter with the reins. If we pull and push at the same time, we are actually running our aids together, saying go and stop at the same time. This causes confusion and most horses will either listen to stop or go, depending on their preferred escape, being running away or jacking up or even planting their feet or switching off.

Have you lunge her in our running rein system? That would be very beneficial. She can then work out her own relief which is always going to be correct and instant. I lunge my horses at least once a week. It also helps them with balance and with the running reins you can also influence the flexion.

Your new instructor is right in saying keep your hands up. You tend to drop your hands naturally and then straighten your arms. This is detrimental as with jammed elbows your feel to the horses mouth is significantly diminished. A good rider always has a straight line directly from the horses mouth through the hand to the elbow. This line if kept correct will mean your hands come higher as the horses collection and poll raises. Look at a GP horse and the rider will have their hands well about the withers. Whereas a prelim horses frame is lower and longer and as a result the hands are carried lower to keep that line. Feel is everything. Horses love soft supple joints in the rider. You brace and then so do they!

It’s a shame you cant do skype lessons with me, as I know I could get you going in no time. She is a lovely horse and your a nice rider who just needs some more tools and knowledge.

Wishing you all the best and if there is anything your not clear about don’t hesitate to contact me.





You would all know that I hate “Pretenders” but I hate Coaches who take money from Pupils, sometimes for Years, with no progression. Mr. Mendez needs to learn that You can’t go on for Years without major improvement in Pupils. Riding ‘Long and Low’ may excite Him immensely but will not assist at the Dressage Comp. Dreaming!



What are your thoughts John o leary


hold the phone sideways next time. 🙂



shod too tight


whatever, it is pain in the hoofs

Had this horse for 7 years not shod same foot bazaar hey

anyhow, in the feet. Had hoof testers on it

No hes not ridden as gets upset.. never been able to work him out just in the paddock just thought you might be interested

Check the Horse for Keretoma.





Hi John, a collection of the videos attached, some of these look blurry when I view them on Youtube, let me know if they are for you and I will try to send them direct or perhaps via facebook.


The Crooked Horse from Horseproblems Australia on Vimeo.


I know what you mean about the rider, it’s unfortunate she’s had the issues that have caused her to not be able to be tried under saddle by a professional. My other issue has been many people at that level will not even consider riding the pony and then writing an assessment on the pony when I’ve enquired, they’ve blamed everything from insurance :/ to that not being a service they offer but I think they don’t want to upset the seller as it’s all very clicky at the top end of the industry from what I’ve seen.


One higher lever rider and vet that I won’t name 😉  (Victoria) tried her absolute best to talk me out of NCAT and pretty much told me ‘welcome to the horse world you got ripped off that’s what happens, say goodbye to your money and learn to train the horse’. So it just seems to be an unspoken accepted thing that if you are stupid enough to get sucked in then you deserve to part with your money and bugger you and bugger the horses future..


I do have one rider that has agreed so if I can get the ponie’s wither/shoulder all cleared and get them to ride then I will do so and try to get it in as late evidence.

I really feel this pony has soundness issues though amongst being green, I was a bit unconvinced by Me——- assessment of her, I’m not an expert but dont feel she did enough to check her properly for sacro issues etc and I feel that because she knew I was pursuing the seller she really didn’t want to find anything and get herself involved, just my observation. She did say the pony seems like she’s been a bit bullied and rushed along and pressured through the breaking process from the way she handles on the ground and reacts to any pressure, the pony got very upset and threatened to kick Me—– when she put her hands either side of her rump so I’m guessing she had a big reaction to being AI’d also to get her in foal. But, same story M— is very reluctant to write any of it down, I have asked her for a written report but I am not holding my breath and I doubt I’d present it anyway because as you’ve said it will open up an argument from them that it happened here and I also don’t believe I can confidently say she ruled out soundness issues anyway.




A recent case out of the Waco Court of Appeals, James v. Young, is the real-life version of many landowners’ nightmare. When a six-year-old child fell off of a horse the landowners allowed him to ride, his parents filed suit. Did the Farm Animal Liability Act apply to shield the landowners from liability?

The James family and the Young family were friends. One weekend, the two families were spending time at the Young ranch. The mothers and two of the children rode horses while several of the men worked cattle. When the mothers and children returned, six-year-old Bradey James said he wanted to ride the horse as well. Bradey and another child, Daniel, got on two of the horses and rode down a gravel road. They turned around and headed back towards other horses up the road and the horses they were riding began running. Bradey hit his head on the saddle horn, fell off of the horse he was riding, and was injured.

The James family filed suit against Justin and Paul Young for negligent handling of animals claiming that they failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the horse from injuring Bradey and that they allowed the child, who was only six-years-old, to ride their horse and failed to determine the ability to safely manage the horse before allowing Bradey to ride.

The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Justin and Paul Young and dismissed the case. The court found no genuine issue of material fact in this case to justify going to trial. The James family appealed.

This case centers on the application of the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act.  Under that statute, a person is not liable for injuries to participants in a farm animal activity if they were the result of dangers or conditions that are an inherent risk of  a farm animal activity.  For example, if a horse spooks and bucks someone off, that would likely be held an inherent risk of riding a horse and the owner would not be liable.  [For a more detailed explanation of the Farm Animal Liability Act, click here and here.]

There are, however, a list of exceptions to the limited liability found pursuant to the Act.  The one at issue in this case is found in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 87.004(2), which says that a person is liable for damages arising from a farm animal activity if “the person provided the farm animal  and the person did not make a reasonable and prudent effort to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the farm animal activity and determine the ability of the participant to safely manage the farm animal, taking in to account the participant’s representations of ability.”

The Youngs claim that the Farm Animal Liability Act relieves them from liability.  The James family concedes that the Act applies, but claims that they at least raised a genuine issue of material fact over whether the exception was applicable and their claims may go forward.

Waco Court of Appeals Opinion

The Court sided with the Youngs.

Prior cases have held that this exception does not require “a formal, searching inquiry” into a person’s ability to ride a horse.  Instead, it requires only a reasonable, prudent effort to determine the person’s ability to ride.  The burden of proving failure to inquire rests with the injured party.

Here, the court found that the James family introduced no evidence that the Youngs failed to make appropriate efforts to determine Bradey’s riding ability, or that any such failure was the cause of the accident.  The court noted that Bradey’s parents consented to him riding the horse and his mother admitted she was knowledgeable of Bradey’s riding abilities and believed he was good enough to ride alone, which he had done before.

Thus, the James family failed to present evidence that a factual dispute existed over whether the exception applied, and the Farm Animal Liability Act shielded the Youngs from liability.  The decision of the trial court was affirmed.

Concurring and Dissenting Opinion

Chief Justice Gray issued a Concurring and Dissenting Opinion in this case.

Justice Gray agreed that the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act applied to this case.  In fact, he said “this is the type of suit for which [the Act] was enacted.”

Where he disagreed, however, is whether the James family offered sufficient evidence that the exception applied to grant summary judgment in this case.  He believes they did.

Justice Gray notes that any statute, such as this, with phrases like “reasonable and prudent effort” or “safely manage” make summary judgment very difficult to obtain, because they lend themselves to factual issues.  He believes that the James family did put forth factual evidence that could possibly convince jurors that the Youngs failed to make an adequate injury such as Justin not asking Bradey’s parents about his skill or experience, Justin never seeing Bradey ride a horse alone,  Bradey’s parents relying on Justin saying Bradey would be fine, the fact that Justin knew that age and size were important factors in riding safely, that Justin knew it could be dangerous of a six year old to ride without a halter, and that Justin knew the tendency of a horse to run back towards another horse.  This evidence was sufficient to allow jurors to determine Paul and Justin failed to inquire into the child’s ability, and the jury should be the one to make the determination of whether the exception applied or not, rather than the court on summary judgment.

Take Aways

Landowners are often, and rightfully, concerned about their potential liability if someone is injured riding horses on their property.  What can landowners do to protect themselves? Landowners should:

Ensure they have an adequate liability insurance policy that would cover this type of situation on their land.  Having insurance is likely the best protection landowners have to protect their operation from financial disaster in this type of situation.  Landowners should visit with their insurance agent to ensure they have sufficient coverage, both with regard to the scope of activities covered an the dollar amount obtained.
Be aware of limited liability statutes such as the Farm Animal Liability Act, Recreational Use Statute, and the Texas Agritourism Act and take the steps necessary to ensure compliance with those statutes.  [Click here to learn more.]
When providing horses to others to ride, always take care to determine the ability of the participant and to ensure any tack provided is in sufficient condition.  These are exceptions under the Farm Animal Liability Act that may be relied upon by plaintiffs to circumvent the limited liability offered by the Act.
Take care to exercise caution and common sense anytime allowing other persons to be on their property, particularly when riding horses is involved.  We all know that accidents can happen even when the utmost care is used, but trying one’s best to ensure safety can oftentimes avoid disaster.












” When Weaning, keep swapping the Young one around in Yards and Paddocks. Don’t allow the Foal to replace the Mother with the always nearest”













A cyclist has been given a lifetime ban by event organisers after a horse and rider were hit during a triathlon.

The rider, posting on Facebook as Jennifer Katherine, shared hat camera footage of a number of cyclists undertaking her. The road was open to all traffic at the time (17 June).

She said one of the cyclists hit her and her horse, causing him to jump sideways and pull off a hind shoe. Jennifer was left with a bruised ankle, but the cyclist did not stop.

Event organiser Human Race has conducted an internal review and is liasing with other parties, including the police.

“We believe we have identified two individuals at fault, but we won’t be revealing further details or sharing their identities, as this is a police matter,” said a statement from the organisers.

“One cyclist will receive a lifetime ban from all Human Race events, a second (who did come forward after the incident) will receive a 12-month ban from all of our events.

“As the investigations are still ongoing this is pending any further information or mitigating circumstances that may come to light in the future.

“We are liaising with British Triathlon, which will be responsible for taking its own actions.”





The owner of a point-to-point horse who suffered a serious leg injury after a sky lantern is thought to have hit her has called for a total ban on the lanterns’ sale.

Bastante, a seven-year-old mare owned by the Plantation Prosecco Partnership, was found outside her field on Saturday at about 10.30pm. As it was dark, her injuries were not visible and she was turned back out.


“But the next day, in the light, we saw her,” syndicate member Sarah Sladen

“We were wondering what had happened and why, then we saw a strand of plain wire on the fence had broken.

“Then in the field, I found a clump of her hair and a sky lantern a few feet away, and her tail was singed.”

“Putting two and two together”, Sarah believes the lantern had landed on the mare’s tail and although the lanterns fall when they run out of fuel, it must still have been hot enough to burn her.

“It looks like that made her bolt and she’s jumped the fence and caught her leg,” Sarah added. “There are various marks on her but the bad one is the back leg.”

Warning: very graphic image of the wound and the tail.

“The lanterns are especially dangerous when they come back down to earth,” a spokesman for the RSPCA said. “Animals can also become entangled in fallen lantern frames and suffer from injury and stress struggling to get free, or starve to death.”

Alan Fawkner, risk manager at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said they were aware of the event, and had contacted Belvoir Castle to “discourage the use” of the lanterns.

“We do not support or endorse this event, or any of its type,” he said. “We stand by the national statement from the National Fire Chiefs Council that these floating lanterns not only constitute a fire hazard but also pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, camping activities, thatched properties and hazardous material sites.”

In response to H&H’s request for a comment, a Belvoir Castle spokesman sent a further statement from the festival organisers.

“The Lights Fest takes pride in being a family friendly, no alcohol event,” it read. “We work with local officials to make sure all concerns are addressed concerning safety and the environment.

“We have spent a great deal of time customising our lanterns so we can control and predict distance and reduce any fire danger. In addition, the whole lantern is biodegradable and poses no danger to animals.

“The lantern style that we are bringing to the event at Belvoir Castle will travel approximately 300 to 500 yards and will not leave the venue boundaries. But nonetheless we clean up every lantern and leave the venue in the same condition or better than we found it.”

Last year, organisers of the Shine Up Festival — a mass lantern release event scheduled to be held at the Kent Event Centre — cancelled after more than 2,000 people signed a petition against it.

“The reaction of misinformed residents made it impossible to put the event on,” a Shine Up spokesman at the time. “We didn’t really have the time or opportunity to talk to people or give them the information we gave the venues.”

British Horse Society (BHS) safety director Alan Hiscox said the BHS has received 21 reports over the past six years from horse owners on incidents involving Chinese lanterns.


Sarah’s vet, who is also a member of the syndicate, was soon on the scene and said despite the serious leg injury Bastante had not sustained any tendon damage.

“It will scar but it could have been a lot worse,” Sarah said. “She’s sound, but she’s on box rest so that’s the end of her summer holiday, after only three weeks.”

Sarah would now like to see a total ban on the sale of sky lanterns. Her local authority, Hampshire County Council, has banned their release on its land and does not endorse their use in general.

The NFU and the RSPCA are among the organisations calling for bans on their release, citing the dangers to wildlife and other domesticated animals as well as the fire risk.





Horse owners have joined the RSPCA and the fire service in condemning plans to host a sky lantern festival at an historic Rutland estate.

The event, due to take place at Belvoir Castle on July 7, is the first date to be named in a series of 13 planned to take place across the UK this summer.


Organised by US-based company The Light Fest, the £20 to £40-a-ticket gathering will involve the release of hundreds of controversial lanterns into the night sky.

Opponent and local rider Heather Wright, who keeps her six horses a few minutes’ drive from the castle grounds, said the festival “worries her more than fireworks”.

“While I bet it’s an amazing thing to watch, they shouldn’t do it mid-harvest and they should pick a better location where there is clear land so you can see for sure where they settle,” she said.

“Even the biodegradable lanterns can take years to degrade — if they fall into a farmer’s field and get chopped up into hay, there’s a risk of horses eating them.

“They could set a hayfield or a thatched roof on fire — there are a lot of risks.”

Heather has launched a petition against the festival, which has so far attracted more than 1,200 signatures.

“I wanted to see if people were with us or against us, and it seems a lot of people are with us on this, including the fire service, local farmers and the RSPCA,” Heather added. “I’m hoping we can get it stopped — people have told me they’ve fought successfully against these events in other areas.”

A spokesman for the The Light Fest defended the plans, saying that the lanterns used are “very different from the generic sky lanterns that could be purchased online”.

The company describes them as “extremely safe and 100% biodegradable”, made from rice paper, string and bamboo rings, with no metal elements.

“The rice-paper body of the lantern is fire-resistant to prevent the flame from travelling from the small fuel-source suspended in the middle. We have a very thorough clean-up crew who gather the lanterns within 24 hours of the event and dispose of them properly,” the spokesman said.

“We have designed the fuel source in such a way that the flame is completely out before the lanterns descend and land. Regardless, we always have a fire crew waiting in the landing zone [which is supposed to be within the boundaries of the event] as a precaution.”

But both the fire service and the RSCPA have spoken out against sky lanterns, saying they pose a persistent hazard.

The animal charity has called for a ban on the floating lights, which it said cause “injury, suffering and death to animals.”





An owner of a livery yard in Kent is warning others of the risks of sky lanterns after finding 19 on her property.

Rosie McConnachie-Chapman discovered 19 paper lanterns across 20 acres of her land in Tatsfield near Westerham on Sunday morning (9 August).

She said the horses were distressed when she checked on them that morning.

“My clients horses, along with my own, were visibly shaken and nervous,” Ms McConnachie-Chapman

“One [horse] had run blindly through the fencing which caused some damage. Luckily it didn’t injure itself.

“I am incredibly thankful that our outbuildings and stables escaped harm.”

She added that the trees surrounding the field could have easily been set alight by the lanterns.

“I am angry this has happened, but what I want more than anything is to make everyone aware of the consequences of using these lanterns.

“We have survived what I would consider a very lucky escape but the next person may not be so lucky.”





A rider who lost a toe in a freak accident while she was wearing flip-flops to lead two horses has warned others of the importance of suitable footwear.

Ellie Brown, daughter of Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn, was turning two mares out last Wednesday evening (21 June) when the horse on her right spooked at a sign.

“She ran to my other side so I had both of them on my left,”

64 “She went into my mare Twiggy, who jumped on me and landed on my foot. She was messing about, with all her weight still on my foot, then swivelled to look at the sign.

“The next thing, there I was, with two horses and nine toes.”

Ellie described the pain as “excruciating” but added that adrenaline “kicked in”.

“At first I just thought it was broken or bruised and I had to make sure the horses were ok,” she said. “I needed to get my shoe back on and it was as I put my foot in, I realised: ‘I’ve lost my toe’.

“My godfather [and previous Derby winner] John Ledingham came up behind me in a car. He grabbed the horses, got me in the car, then grabbed the rest of the toe and I was taken to hospital.”

Doctors were unable to save the toe, which was taken to hospital in a mug, and Ellie underwent surgery the following morning. She has to spend a fortnight with her foot elevated as much as possible. Warning, graphic image.

“It’s very boring,” she said. “I’d finished my last [osteopathy course] exam that day so had been looking forward to enjoying the show and riding, but this is going to set me back for months.

87 “I was idiotic to be wearing flip-flops but you get comfortable around horses and think you know them so well, you can read them, but something so silly can cause an accident.

“The good thing to come out of it is, lots of people were coming up to me at the show saying it’s reminded them anything can happen and no one’s exempt; people were saying they put on shorts and flip-flops to do the horses in the heat and this has been an eye-opener.

“I want people to be aware that they’re not in control of everything happening around you, like a pheasant jumping out of a hedgerow or something, and for the sake of your safety, make sure you’re properly dressed. Pumps or espadrilles won’t help, you need a good pair of yard boots.”




A MAN was airlifted from a private property north of Gympie after being injured in a horse-riding accident yesterday afternoon.

The RACQ Lifeflight helicopter was called in to help when the man, in his 40s, was thrown from his horse.

The on-flight medical team worked with Queensland Ambulance Services to treat him at the scene.

He was then flown to Hervey Bay Hospital for further treatment.

He was in a stable condition at time of transport.






NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A 10-foot alligator attacked a horse in Pasco County last week.

9o State wildlife trappers are using bait to try and catch the gator. 

Mike Santo, the horse’s owner, said the gator took a gash out of his horse’s leg. 

The attack happened on a pasture in New Port Richey. The horse was cooling off in a pond.

“There’s turtles, bass, birds, rabbits, otter, there’s plenty for an alligator to eat and he picked a horse,” said Mike Santos. 

Crown, a former racehorse turned rodeo, now needs 35 pills in the morning, 35 more at night.





Three horses returning from marching in Huntington Beach’s Fourth of July parade were rescued from a Santa Ana freeway fire Wednesday afternoon after the trailer they were in burst into flames.

9k The Norco family heading home from the parade with their horses was driving northbound on the 55 Freeway near Dyer Road at 1 p.m. when their trailer ignited after a propane tank shook loose and began dragging on the ground, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Capt. Tony Bommarito said.

Seconds before firefighters arrived on the scene, the family freed the horses from the trailer before the flames spread to the rear where the horses stood. Orange County and Costa Mesa firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.

No people or horses were injured, officials said.





A man who drove drunk and at speed while towing a horse float was mourning the loss of a baby.

9m A district court judge has sentenced Kresten Stephen Fitness to two years and one month jail, calling him a recidivist drink driver whose cruelty to two horses led to one’s death.

Fitness was drinking to deal with his baby’s death five months earlier, his lawyer said, when he took the float and drove at speeds of up to 120km/h around Hamilton in May.

The 26-year-old has struggled with alcohol in the past, been to jail before and was being sentenced on his seventh drink driving charge in Hamilton District Court today.


Fitness earlier pleaded guilty to 12 charges including unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, failing to stop for police, reckless driving, threatening to kill, resisting police, refusing a blood specimen, driving while disqualified, breach of bail and cruelty to animals.

When police caught up with him two horses in the float were highly distressed and one had to be put down at the scene.

Fitness was at his boss’ property on Hakarimata Rd, Ngāruawāhia on May 10 when he asked to ride the man’s two horses, Saxon and Tyson.

His boss said no because Fitness had been drinking.

Fitness, who lived in a caravan on the property where he worked part-time, loaded the animals into the float attached to the Isuzu ute and sped off.

At 6.10pm he was involved in a road rage incident before driving through red lights and ramming a police car at the intersection of Greenwood and Massey streets in Frankton.

He fled, driving on the wrong side of the road and was eventually stopped by police using a “tyre deflation device” in Te Rapa, 18.4km and 20 minutes into the pursuit.

Fitness’ lawyer Wayne Dollimore said his client was remorseful and had undertaken programmes to deal with his drinking problem.

“What happened here is that around Christmas time he lost a baby and he had to deal with that issue and because of his previous difficulties with alcohol he resorted to his age old problem.”

Judge Noel Cocurullo asked Dollimore how he could avoid jailing Fitness after seven drink driving convictions.

“You Mr Fitness have an absolute disgraceful previous conviction list for driving,” Judge Cocurullo said.

He listed the previous drink driving offences between 2009 and 2016, and noted previous disqualifications for poor driving behaviour including failing to stop and ascertain injury at an accident.

Fitness had already been jailed twice before for driving offences and the judge said even if Fitness had qualified for home detention this time, he would not have granted it because the offending was serious and needed to be denounced.

“For a significantly long time you should not be in any way deemed suitable to be a licenced driver on our roads.

“Through your behaviour you caused, particularly for Tyson, needless suffering and that is a particularly aggravating factor of this exercise.”

The court heard that Tyson lost his footing and fell over causing his fatal injuries.

He called Fitness’ care of the animals as “absolutely disgraceful”.

Fitness was aggressive, abusive, belligerent and derogatory when he was arrested by police, kicking at them and threatening them and their families.

Judge Cocurullo took into account the defendant’s boss did not want him jailed and also the loss of the baby, but said this was an explanation and not an excuse.

He ordered Fitness to pay reparations of $798 to Hamilton Vet Services for the destruction of Tyson and $2800 to the horse’s owner.

Fitness would also be disqualified from driving indefinitely.


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