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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

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