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Donald Trump’s stance on immigration endangers the horse racing industry

USA workers horsesAccording to the Guardian newspaper, Donald Trump’s current stance on immigration and workers i the US is going to endanger the horse racing industry over there. Unsurprisingly, it all comes down to money.

The current VISA system in the US is pretty poor from the industry’s point of view. It makes it incredibly difficult to legally get in staff to work the bottom end grunt work that otherwise more local people are unwilling to do for the money available to pay them. This has caused many stables to rely on workers without proper documents, VISA’s and/or work permits. Up until now this has functioned if not ideally, then at least well.

However with Donald Trumps new stricter policies, there are also crack downs that threaten to leave stables understaffed and the horses therefore without proper care and attention… and it is not all the owers fault for “ignoring” procedure. Even horse race trainers want to employ all their staff legally, the immigration system is so full of obstacles that they have trouble getting the paper work to back the employment.

Whether this is really going to blow up on a huge scale in the future, only

Major horse rescue at Cammachmore cliffs

Horse down cliffWith the modern day news being one of primarily reporting negative story arks, it can leave one feeling like the world is an uncaring place. This is a totally understandable and natural reaction, the news knows that it is the negative that sells and keeps viewers and readers, and so we are pummeled with reminders of what a terrible place this is to exist. Bad things happen, and we hear about.

So it is a breath of fresh air indeed when we hear a story about a bad thing happening (because bad things do happen, and I am not saying that we should ignore it), and some people pulling together to make it right.

As reported by BBC news just yesterday, a horse took a rather dangerous tumble at Cammachmore cliffs. The horse which was named Tara, got into some real trouble about 20 to 30 meters down from safety. Without intervention she would have been in real trouble. Thankfully she was spotted, and a joint effort of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services came together to bring her back up to safety. They called in the help of a digger from a local farmer, and others helped hitch Tara into a sling which would then be used in conjunction with machinery to pull her to safety.

Tara is 22, and we are pleased to wish her a continued long life, as much as I am pleased to report a happy ending to what could have been a rather tragic incident.

Help your pet get the most out of Winter

dogNow that we are firmly in February, which is also the shortest month of the year, we can start looking forward to the warmer months when we can more easily get outdoors and get active. Just because February is the shortest month of the year however, doesn’t mean that we should just hole up and not leave the house! Instead there are plenty of things we can still do outside with our pet dog in tow healthy and happy… however there are a few things to consider when taking your dog outside. So here are a few things to think about:

Don’t stay outside too long. It is cold, go out still, but come back a bit sooner than in the summer months

In winter humans wear extra clothes – so why not dogs? Consider getting some booties and a sweater for him/her to help keep the cold away

If playing in the snow, there is a possibility that your dog may end up with de-icer or another nasty chemical on it. Give your dog a quick clean when you get in

The same is true if your dog eats the snow when thirsty. Luckily this is easily prevented – just make sure that you give your pet plenty to drink so it is not thirsty.

Enjoy the winter!

Horse Trailer Tips: Dress for success

horse trailer in actionUsing a horse trailer is an excellent way to transport your beloved animal from one place to another quickly and safely. Most people when first doing this focus on the trailer, is it the right one, is it big enough? This is of course the right thing to do, but don’t forget to dress your horse for the occasion. By dressing your horse in things specifically designed to protect them, they will have a more comfortable, safer ride. Here are the top things to think about when planning to take your horse on a horse trailer.

Protect the head:

This is easily done with a head collar. I would advise using a leather one, which can then be cut in an emergency should one occur.

Protect the body:

Fit a rug! Make sure you have one for the correct season.

Protect the Legs:

The boots VS bandages debate goes on – as long as you do something you are on the right track

Protect the Tail:

Again there is a tail guards VS bandages debate, and once again as long as you take action and do something, you will be alright.


So there are the major parts of the horse to dress, enjoy your trip where ever you may be going!

Australian protesters target horses with intent to kill

horse protest It is well known that protests can sometimes get ugly, and certainly in the past there have been times when the police have been clearly in the wrong and the public have been well within their rights to defend themselves with violence. However, in a shocking discovery, it seems that Australian protesters are trying to main or kill police horses by laying traps for them.

Over in Western Australia, protesters are against the extension of a road called the “Roe 8” highway. They are currently trying to stop the builders from cutting down bush land. Here at stoneways we make no comment as to the right or wrong of their protest, what we are appalled by were the laying of traps to take down horses. Protesters had laid wire in a web like formation, local police after examining it saying that it looked like it was designed to maim or kill horses. It was discovered by a police horse called Matilda, she stumbled into the trap and was only really saved by her rider who instantly made her back away from the otherwise potentially lethal trap. Had the deliberately placed wire severed Matlida’s tendons, the horse would probably have to be put down.

Whilst we remain neutral about the specifics of the protest, we would urge any protester to consider the innocence of the horse before directing their frustrations against our four legged friends.

Warm up’s aren’t just for humans – horses need them too!

warm up your horse As humans we all know that if we do exercise a good warm up and cool down before and after we work out is essential to feeling good the next day. So why is it that some people neglect the importance of doing this with our horses? This is especially true before any kind of competition. If you finish with a poor mark and rails down and you failed to warm up properly, it is your own fault for not preparing properly.

The amount of time that you take to warm up really depends on the horse. Andrea Bank as a general says she will head over to the warm up area 40 minutes before a test, but also comments that on one particular horse she will never do more than 30 minutes warm up because that particular horse gets stressed out quite easily & she doesn’t want to leave him feeling mentally tired before the test.

There are so many variables, I won’t try and tell you how you should carry out your warm, I only seek to encourage you to remember to do one, and to do a good one at that. It can make all the difference when you are out there riding.

The horse – Australia’s most deadly animal!

horse big killer When thinking of dangerous animals in Australia, especially the ones that kill, the likes of snakes and spiders immediately spring to mind… but is that actually true? Are spiders the biggest killers? Well according to a new study carried out by Melbourne University, the real killer is actually horses!

The study looked at deaths that took place between 2000 – 2013, and despite what we may think, the statistics tell us that spiders are not the biggest killers at all. In that period no one actually even died from a spider bite, ticks and ants took out 5 people, snakes caused the deaths of 27 people, Hornets wasps and bees also all killed 27 people, but the biggest killer by far were horses with a total body count of 74 people. The Australians who died were all either thrown from a horse or pass away following being trampled by a horse.

You may love your horse, and for good reason, but never forget how powerful your four legged friend really is. After all, it is one of Australia’s biggest killers!

2017 starts with a major change to the Equestrian Olympic format

The Olympics has always been an exciting time for horse lovers the world over. Whilst various different races tend to draw heavier audiences from certain parts of the world more than others, the Olympics is the one even that draws a universally global horse loving audience. This is one of the reasons that the changes that have been made to one of the most popular horse events of the year are all the mmurray kessler USEFore important.

November 2017 – and the vote to alter the Olympic format went through. The vote took place in New Zealand, and ironically New Zealand actually voted against the changes! Despite opposition, it went through. This now means that there will now only be 3 per team on Equestrian events in the next Olympics, due to take place in Tokyo in 2020.
The other big change of note is the alteration to the drop score. In the 2016 & 2012 Olympics, you were allowed to discard your most unfavourable score. This will no longer be the case.



One of the key drivers behind the changes was USEF President-Elect, Murray Kessler’s belief that without the changes one of the Olympic disciplines would be dropped from the Olympic games. This is of course something that no one wants. Regardless of how true this is or not, the vote was taken and we enter the year with the changes gaining momentum in the run up to 2020.

Animal Cruelty: Horse trailer used to drag horse down road

horse trailer justiceA man in Minot is being charged with animal cruelty, and the weapon he use was a horse trailer. We insure a lot of trailers, so we keep an eye on any and all damage or legal action to do with trailers because it affects the premiums we have to charge for the horse trailer insurance cover. This is the first time we have ever come across something like this. More

6 Common Horse Trailer Mistakes That You’re Probably Doing Uncovered!

Making common mistakes with your horse trailer is totally normal, this article will point out what you’re doing wrong and tell you how to put it right. 6 Common Horse Trailer Mistakes That You're Probably Doing Uncovered!
You may think you’re totally set when it comes to your horse and trailer. Travelling around together is always a doddle and you both seem to be really happy. Until that one day when everything goes… HOOFS UP and everything can get ruined. Never fear! The Stoneways blog is here to uncover the 6 top common mistakes you are most likely making regarding your trusty stead and trailer.

1. If your trailer is on the rusty side

Rusty doors, rotten floors, pokey latches and poor electrical connections are signs that your trailer needs fixing up and a good old clean. According to an article on trailer care which included advice from Carrie Wheeler of Edelson Equine Associates states that horses can get caught on the rusty frames etc which can cause horrible injuries. Also, some of the gravest injuries come from floor failure.

To further ensure your horse’s safety, an article on how to reduce horse stress during transportation says to make sure that the floor is non-slip the entire journey by providing absorbent materials or bedding to soak up any urine.

So check your vehicle to make sure it’s suitable for your cherished one before transporting them.6 Common Horse Trailer Mistakes That You're Probably Doing Uncovered!
2. If your horse is confused: it doesn’t know what you want it to do!

If you have not loaded your horse onto the trailer in a few seasons, then it’s very likely that it will not really enjoy the experience of being loaded into a steel box no matter how lovely it looks. Understand this and calmly practice with your horse so they grow accustomed to it again.

Once you’ve loaded your horse or horses, they may feel anxious and start to stumble around. Watch out when it comes to unloading because they tend to gallop on out of there if they feel uncomfortable. Take them on regular trips so they get used to the sensation of being in the trailer.

3. Don’t ever leave your loved one unattended

Dr Wheeler explains that leaving your horse can be a huge mistake. Leaving them can cause them to rear, become extremely distressed and head quickly towards any escape route. This can be very dangerous for the horse and other people so always check up on them and never leave them unattended.

4. Slow down there fellow, your horse can feel everything!

How ever fancy your vehicle may be, it will not provide a lovely smooth ride for your horse that has to stand in the back. As an experiment, get someone to drive you while you stand in the trailer to get a better idea of how the horse feels.

You’ll certainly feel every bend, dip and the speed will mess with your balance. This exact same thing happens with your horse so be cautious of your driving and the speed you’re driving at. After all, you may turn up at the racecourse or horse show 10 minutes earlier but with a dizzy and moody horse- that’s not want you want.

5. You might be using the wrong type of tow vehicle or hitch vehicle 

No matter how impressive your new chic trailer or truck is, you need is to make sure that the hitch is properly rated to hold the full weight of the horse trailer weight and tongue weight.

Also, ensure that your tow vehicle can handle the full weight! A weakly matched hitch, trailer, and tow vehicle can be highly dangerous putting you, your horse, your trailer and everyone else on the road at risk.

6 Common Horse Trailer Mistakes That You're Probably Doing Uncovered!

6. Don’t let your poor precious ponies get sweaty or get too chilly

In the summer months, it pretty common for people to forget that the trailer can become a sauna on wheels for the horses. While we may like a hot sauna, horses really don’t. They get dehydrated and rather cranky. The best way is to make sure your trailer is suited for the warm weather. The best are white trailers as they reflect heat.  Look for trailers that have double material to keep the inside of the horsebox cool. The trailers that overheat the most are mill-finished aluminum ones.

In the winter, make sure your horse is nice and snug with a blanket. Usually, they are just fine with a good winter coat and another cosy horse companion.

6 Common Horse Trailer Mistakes That You're Probably Doing Uncovered!So there you have it. Perhaps you’re making some, if not all of these commonly made mistakes. Now you can put them right making you and your horse stress and accident-free.  

Hope you enjoyed this post and happy transporting!




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