City Kids versus Country Kids

It is becoming increasingly frustrating to Coaches and Horse Trainers, that many Kids these Days are being brought up way “too precious” and that is now seriously influencing their ability to learn to ride Horses and to handle all of the risks and pain that can come with it. My Wife is in despair!

A true but graphic example of the other end of the specrum, is Today, news that Her 4 Year Old Niece is working all Day on the Cattle Race, on a Station out of Alice Springs, handling the Electric Prodder and keeping them coming through the Crush. 

The difference now between City and Country is astounding and getting worse by the Year. OMG!!!! 


31st May, 2020


30 Years down the Track, the World’s Horse Trainers like Parelli, Hunt, Dorrence and the rest, including myself, have basically failed in our mission to give Horses a happier and more relaxed Life, via their ridden and Ground systems, but no matter how hard we worked at it, we have failed.

The infection Disease that is the systems handed down through the Ages from the B.H.S. have always been a Pandemic and spreads far and wide, to anyone remotely connected to Pony Club, Equestrian Australia and all of their associates.

It’s now a matter of accepting our fate and just doing a little to help some. Thanks to those Folks, on behalf of the Horses.

Now, their fate is sealed…….. 


24th May, 2020



I have been dealing with a lot of Horses of late and in a more than small percentage of them, I find that they have ‘trodden their Tails out” because the Tail has not been trimmed. Such a shame that many in the Horse Community don’t know about this subject! Cut them half way up the Cannon Bone Folks!




Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with and assessing a lovely 13 Hand unbroken Pony, where the Owners had simply hit the wall with Him. They had been advised to BASH HIM up to make sense out of Him 🙁 

I doubt the Industry will ever change Folks 🙁 He was such a Darling and did everything I asked of Him, with softness, timing, feel and reward. The Curriculum’s of the Horse Industry are still a fail and the blame lays directly at the feet of the BHS, Equestrian Australia and Pony Club. God save our Horses!!


4th April, 2020



Go here for the full story –

and here is a small sample of the Day.



20th Feb, 2020



The lovely Cappo has safely escorted some very excited Ladies through various types of Lessons but one interesting thing has come out of it all.

He dobs them all in for any riding mistakes, bad habits, incorrect techniques, just like he was an International Coach himself 🙂

If something is wrong, he tells Mrs. HP………..

  • One Rider was found to be having Hands coming backwards rather than forwards, during the Canter
  • Another F.E.I. Rider was judged by the Horse as having used too much Leg and too much Hand.
  • A third, one dominant Hand…….
  • One Canter strike off now as easy……Lady with one weaker Leg.

and so if You are having a Lesson on Him, beware, he is s dobber 🙂

but, highly valuable stuff indeed. Can be life changing.



January, 2020



The wonderful Cappo is now helping several Ladies, to learn about the higher movements and one F.E.I. Rider to overcome a changes problem with Her Horse.


Hi Linda, I thought you’d like to know that I worked Bianca today and she was hoof perfect. Balance 2714 suppleness 2714 collection 2714 self carriage 2714 Thank you so much for this opportunity to learn and feel on your beautiful boy 1f970 when I told Nienke about the lesson yesterday I couldn’t help but well-up with tears of joy







Very proud of our Horses for coping with the Cauldron of the Victor Harbor Main Street and Thousands of People, many dressed as Pixies, Elves and more 🙂