Using Equus Education:
- Looking for a horse career? Consider the 160+ options at Vocation 100
- Looking to get qualified? Check out various horse course possibilities at Courses for Horses
- Job seeking? Utilise links on this page to help you.
- Looking to start your own business? Check out 52 Steps to Kick-Start Your Equine Career
- Want exposure for your horse career? Consider being profiled on Equus Education; contact Christine
- Want to increase your knowledge? Look at potential horse books to read, fiction and non-fiction
Christine Meunier, Equine Author and Educator
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
Perhaps you’re aspiring to get into a particular field or you’re already in it. Either way, it’s important to know about associations that can assist you. This may be in the form of learning new skills or facts. Or perhaps it’s in updating your qualification and also networking in the industry. Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) is one such organisation. It should be of interest to aspiring veterinarians within Australia!
Equine Veterinarians Australia offers many benefits. As it states on their site:
Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the premier provider of continuing professional development for equine veterinarians in Australia.With an emphasis on providing the support members need to remain at the forefront of equine veterinary medicine, EVA also represents the interests of members to governments and equine industry groups.EVA maintains strong links with both equine organisations and horse owners. An important role for EVA is providing both advice and information to the people who care for horses to ensure that Australian horses enjoy the best possible health and welfare.
It should interest you as you pursue a particular equine career, to find such associations. They can greatly benefit your learning, networking and also provide other opportunities.
Equine Veterinarians Australia
The EVA provides lectures to increase your knowledge. They also offer the opportunity to be listed as a vet online. There is also information regarding the Bain Fallon Memorial lectures. These offer a week of world class equine veterinary continuing education.
For those who may be interested in the Bain Fallon Memorial event in 2017, which is held in July, there are scholarship opportunities. Applications open in February of 2017. The scholarship offers a spectacular chance for those wanting to network in both the veterinarian industry within Australia and with international veterinarians.
“I don’t like people,” said Velvet. “… I only like horses.” ― Enid Bagnold,
I have started reading a book on ponies by Jenifer Morrissey. It is titled The Partnered Pony. One of the first chapters highlighted a job that a particular woman’s ponies had been carrying out since 2010: conservation grazing. In fact, she says:
Beginning in 2010, my ponies have done a very different kind of work. As conservation grazers, their job is to keep down the shrubs and coarse grass to keep the habitat suitable for rare butterflies to breed. I have no idea what my ponies and I might do next, but I’m sure they’ll do well. They’re all-rounders!
Conservation Grazing and Horses
What an interesting concept! This woman and her ponies are based in the United Kingdom and a quick search online allowed me to come across the Grazing Animals Project. The focus is on encouraging grazing from animals that helps to benefit wildlife, landscape and also cultural heritage.
The benefit of conservation grazing is twofold. It meets the welfare needs of livestock whilst also allowing natural processes to occur. It is a process that focuses on less intensive land management techniques. The type of livestock utilised for conservation grazing takes into consideration feeding preferences of stock, their physiology and also animal behaviour. According to the GAP website:
Grazing livestock and associated activities played a key role in the formation and maintenance of many semi-natural habitats including grassland, heathland and pasture-woodland, through slowing or altering the successional trajectory of these habitats towards increased woodland cover. In addition to maintaining or restoring such habitats, grazing is also an essential component of many habitat (re)creation projects for example managed reversion from arable fields to species-rich grassland or the recreation of heathland.
I had never considered the use of horses or ponies by doing what they naturally do. And yet how wonderful to make use of grazing animals to benefit a particular habitat! If you’re curious, you can read about the Focus on Equines section of their site. Training is also provided as shown on their site.
The eighth book in the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant is titled Horse Show. In this novel, Carol, Stevie and Lisa are excited to learn about their horse riding instrutor’s trip to the American Horse Show in New York. They are dying to go. So together they hatch a scheme to be able to attend with Max and his mother Mrs. Regnery.
One of Max’s former students – Dorothy DeSoto – is competing there on her beautiful gelding Topside. Carol, Stevie and Lisa are amazed to find themselves able to go along to New York and see behind the scenes of the show as well as the competition itself.
The three girls, otherwise known as the Saddle Club are rapt to find they also have time to visit the sites in New York. They even get a chance to go riding in Central Park. It’s whilst out riding that Lisa comes across a young man on a runaway horse. It’s obvious he has no idea how to ride. What isn’t obvious at first glance, is who he is.
The three girls are all familiar with teen heartthrob Skye Ransom. And so Lisa is amazed to find that it is Skye who has fallen off an out of control horse. This is more surprising when he is supposed to be a proficient rider and horse riding in a film that is being made in New York!
When the girls realise Skye’s dilemma they decide that helping Skye learn how to ride – in three days – is definitely a project for the Saddle Club! Alongside this, they also enjoy sight seeing and attending the American Horse Show. Unfortunately, when a fall at the horse show spooks Skye away from riding for good, the girls know their work is cut out for them. Horse Show is an entertaining read full of horse facts and fun.
I love finding organisations that are horse focused. If it’s a ministry that reaches out to people, it’s even more appealing to me! This is the case for Spark of Hope, located in the Melbourne area, Australia.
Spark of Hope exists to provide hope in a world that at times, for some, seems devoid of it. Spark of Hope seeks to bring together both people and horses and explore the different ways that we, humans, can learn from the horse.
Using body language and understanding how horses communicate, Spark of Hope is able to make use of horses to teach people. They can learn how to overcome fears, develop healthy attitudes and also view the world differently. As it says on the Spark of Hope website, “all it takes is a single spark to change a life…”
One of the founders of this organisation – Anna – has long held a vision for this organisation. She hoped to one day be able to see horses being used to help people. Through using horses, it was hoped that people would better understand themselves – and also better appreciate the gorgeous equine animal.
Spark of Hope
Spark of Hope has some incredible purposes. One, to provide a home for horses that are considered at risk. This could be due to poor living conditions or neglect or not being deemed useful to their owners anymore. Secondly, they aim to create an equine based learning program. It will help young people and adults emotionally, socially and spiritually, having a positive impact on their mental health.
On top of this, they aim to provide a respite environment for those who need rest and restoration and increase awareness regarding the importance of animal welfare. If any of these values – or all of them! – appeal to you, then you may like to read a little more about this organisation on their website.
I was fascinated to learn about the idea of a guide horse foundation! Many people are familiar with the works of guide dogs, but perhaps less so that there are horses that also fill this role. Or perhaps I should say, miniature horses!
The mission of the guide horse foundation is:
…to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable mobility alternative for visually impaired people. The Guide Horse Foundation is committed to delivering Guide Horses at no cost to the blind, relying on un-paid volunteers and charitable donations to pay all travel and housing expenses for the blind handler’s on-site training.
Founded back in 1999, the Guide Horse Foundation was initially an experimental program. The idea was to assess whether or not miniature horses could be used as assistance animals to those who are visually impaired.
For those who need an animal to assist them, it is great to know there is an alternative. Perhaps for the visually impaired person who also happens to be a horse lover. Or perhaps for the blind person who is allergic to dogs. The fact that horses live longer than dogs has also been listed as a reason why they may be chosen over dogs as a guide.
According to the Guide Horse Foundation website, 27% of people surveyed internationally indicated that they would choose a Guide Horse if they were in need of such assistance.
For those who love the idea of training horses, perhaps this niche area pulls at you! Taking on the training of miniature horses can benefit the local community. It’s a great chance to train horses to go on and do something extraordinary for others in need. You can train horses but also be helping people who are visually impaired. What a great cause!
‘Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.’ ― Toni Robinson
Young Evy has an unusual gift as is shown in Winter of the Crystal Dances. Living a secluded life with her mother, she is able to take advantage of her fascination with local mustangs. The animals are struggling to keep weight on and survive in the cold weather. Evy doesn’t know this solely through observation, she can hear the mustangs. Hear what they are thinking and communicating to each other. She can also feel their emotions – like they are her very own.
After a short conversation with her mother about what she experiences, Evy concludes it is easier to hide her gift. What isn’t so easy, is explaining how she knows where the mustangs are or what they’re experiencing at times. Like the time one of the young mustangs was attacked and Evy knew she needed to save it; needed to brave the cold winds and snow to bring it home.
With the rescue of a beautiful buckskin filly, Evy feels incredibly excited and proud about her new acquisition. In time she is able to treat the wounds the filly received in her attack. What Evy can’t treat is the filly’s fear and anger. Although Evy can feel everything the filly is experiencing, she cannot work out a way to show that she isn’t the enemy, but instead a friend.
Winter of the Crystal Dances shows how a young girl has to decide between her love for a horse – and the desire to keep it – and the need to release it back into the wild to its family. The first in the Whinnies on the Wind series, this book is an interesting read and sure to draw the imagination of pre-teens and early teens. It’s a great start to the series by Angela Dorsey.
I have touched on horse applications before as a potential equine passive income stream. I’ve just recently connected with someone on LinkedIn who is involved in Equimark. This is an application that can be used to register equine markings of your horse.
Equimark has developed an App for all horse breeds that require markings to be recorded for registration and passport purposes. All Equine bodies may have their own specific forms added to the App for use by their members. Forms are digitally completed and mailed direct from the App to chosen email recipient/s. Currently, forms listed under South Africa are already active.
What I love about their website is that along with links on being able to purchase the application, you can also find out about:
- varying horse markings and their descriptions
- various methods of identification and the advantages and disadvantages of each
- a colour guide to help people identify what colour their horse is
- a labelled image to help with points of the horse
I am sure there are instances when people register their horses, but the forms are filled out incorrectly. The above information on this site will help to avoid some of the more common errors when filling out forms.
According to their website, advantages of using the Equimark App include:
Equine identification forms are digitally presented
Forms are uniform and easily edited
Environmentally friendly reducing paper wastage
Accessible any time from any Country
Less time consuming
This sounds like a great application that so many people will benefit from and also be able to use! It’s a good example of creating an app that will be utilised by many. Be sure to check it out with the above link.
“I had been riding horses before my memory kicked in, so my life with horses had no beginning. It simply appeared from the fog of infancy. I survived a difficult childhood by traveling on the backs of horses, and in adulthood the pattern didn’t change.” ― Monty Roberts
There are many platforms online these days that people make use of to sell products. For me, I am able to sell horse books via Amazon, horse educational resources via TeachersPayTeachers and horse courses via Udemy. So I’m thinking: online horse platforms!
One thing that makes platforms so appealing is that people can sell a particular type (or types) of product. As sales are made, then the creator of the product and the creator of the platform benefit financially. So say you have a heap of people using your platform. They may only each make a small amount of sales, but as the platform creator you are benefitting from all of these sales.
What if there was one place you could go to online to purchase a heap of horse resources, or to create and sell them? Let’s consider equine digital products as the focus of your online horse platform. You design and provide a platform where people can sell digital products that are horse related:
- horse courses
- horse ebooks
- horse educational resources
- horse patterns
- horse website themes
- horse plugins and applications
I’m going to stop there! Who knows, perhaps this is just another niche area waiting for someone with the passion and expertise to make it a reality. Does the idea of online horse platforms excite you?
In time, it could be possible to provide premium accounts on the platform too as a way to bring in further income. Here’s another potential equine passive income stream! Food for thought.
“I believe that horses bring out the best in us. They judge us not by how we look, what we’re wearing or how powerful or rich we are, they judge us in terms of sensitivity, consistency, and patience. They demand standards of behavior and levels of kindness that we, as humans, then strive to maintain.” ― Clare Balding
Things have changed drastically for Alexandra Anderson in the past 12 months. This is shown in Yearling, the second book in the North Oak series. Alex is no longer an orphan struggling to do what is required of her in a home run by a tyrant of a woman.
Instead, she has found a home and a – slightly dysfunctional – family in the staff members at North Oak. But it’s the horses that Alex feels most at home with, not the parental figures or teenage girls slightly older than her.
Alex only wants to spend time with the horses and to learn to ride. If she can ride well, then she can run away – be free – on the back of a horse. But it seems that the family who are looking after her and offering her a home have other ideas.
As soon as Hillary discovers Alex’s lack of literacy, she vows to do something about it. Plus, she is insistent on Alex attending school, not staying on the farm and playing with horses.
As Alex battles with her lack of education and fitting in, she receives another blow. The yearling colt she has grown so fond of is being prepared for sale. Promenade, the one horse that she grew to love was being taken away from her and she could do nothing about it.
Yearling further develops the characters that were introduced in the first book. Alex grows and learns to lower some of her protective barriers. The reader is introduced to a fourth young woman who is fighting some battles of her own. As Carol is brought into the picture, Alex’s relationship with Ashley has light shed on it and it’s possible to see why Alex chooses to put up defences to avoid getting hurt. Yearling is a good follow on from Born to Run.
It’s great to see all the different brands out there that are making a name for themselves in the world of equestrian clothing! Have you heard of Cheval Amour? According to their website:
Founder Lisa Kelly Simmons, a lifelong Equestrian, started Cheval Amour in 2011. The inaugural collection quickly confirmed that Equestrian’s appreciate unique, elegant, long-lasting and easy care clothing. Cheval Amour’s timeless and durable ‘barn to bistro’ designs soon became closet favorites well beyond the Equestrian circle.
Perhaps it’s a true sign of success when even non horsey people are keen to buy and wear your clothes! What I find interesting about this line of clothes is that you are encouraged to contact them about creating your own small run of custom designs! Otherwise you can shop through their male apparel, female apparel and limited stock.
It’s surely a great thing to find an equestrian line of clothes. Usually they are designed by horse people. So they are comfortable, good to work with the horse (or horses) in and they are stylish.
Cheval Amour Equestrian Clothing
You may also be interested to know that you can sign up on their website for updates. This keeps you informed on new releases as well as the latest sales details. As an added bonus, for those shopping in the United States, free shipping is on offer. Looking for a new equestrian brand to try out? Cheval Amour, named literally for horse love may be for you.
“Why do you like show jumping?”
“… Beauty and excitement. The elements of trust, talent, training, love, and danger make show jumping a thrilling and aesthetic experience. It’s really the ultimate test of two nervous systems–the kinetic transfer of the rider’s muscle to the horse’s muscle enables them to clear those jumps. And there’s nothing like it–horse and rider forming an arc of beauty, efficiency, and power, like a double helix.” ― Ainslie Sheridan