The Long Riders' Guild

Who has been notified regarding this international investigation ?

In a letter dated 7th November, 2005, The Long Riders’ Guild asked the 3M Corporation to issue a public warning to equestrian editors worldwide.


The Guild believed it was important for equestrian editors to notify their readers that horse owners may have been misled into believing that the “Safety-Walk Wet Area Matting 1500” was an approved equestrian product.


“While The Guild will not ask 3M to admit to any willful wrong-doing, the safety of tens of thousands of horses clearly indicates the need for your corporation to inform these well-placed editors that a 3M product is being mistakenly used as a saddle pad.”


After waiting ninety days in vain for an acknowledgement from 3M regarding this urgent request, The Long Riders’ Guild has sent copies of all the documents, photos, web site details, correspondence, interviews, and an actual sample of the Wet Area Matting 1500 supplied to an equestrian traveller as a “saddle pad,” to the following editors and legal authorities.


The Long Riders’ Guild would urge our readers to contact their local equestrian magazines to discuss this important information with the appropriate editor and ensure that this vital information is shared with the global equestrian community.


Australia –

Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock

Hoofbeats – Editor Sandy Hannan


France –

Cheval – Editor Virgine Bruneau

Equus Les Chevaux – Editor Anne Mariage


Great Britain –

Air Marshal the Lord Garden KCB, Trading Standards Institute

BBC Radio 4 – Editor Angie Nehring

Horse – Editor Johanna Pyatt

Horse & Hound – Editor Kate Green

The Times – Editor Ben MacIntyre


Germany –

Aix Cours – Editor Rita Mielke

Fest im Sattel – Editor Bettina Rahmani


Russia –

Konny Mir – Editor Yelena Volkova


Sweden –

Hasten – Editor Jenny Aberg


United States –

CBS Television – Investigative Reporter Ky Plaskon

Equus – Editor Laurie Prinz

Farm & Ranch – Editor Nick Pabst

Florida State Attorney General Charlie Crist

Gaited Horse – Editor Rhonda Poe

Horse City – Editor Charmain Vaughn

Horse Connection – Editor Geoff Young

Horse Illustrated – Editor Moira Harris

Horse & Rider – Editor Darrell Dodds

Keepin’ It Cowboy – Editor Jo Hargrave

Minnesota State Attorney General Mike Hatch

Missouri State Attorney General Jay Nixon

Natural Horse – Editor Randi Peters

Rural Heritage – Editor Gail Damerow

Society of the Military Horse – Editor Pat Holscher

Tennessee State Attorney General Paul Sumers

The Horse – Editor Kimberly Herbert

Trail Rider – Editor Pat Eskew

U.S. Consumer Safety Commission Chairman Hal Stratton

Walking Horse Journal – Editor Allanna Jackson

Western Horseman – Editor A.J. Mangum

Women & Horses – Editor Brenda McCarthy

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