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Time Will Tell (Timeless #1) by Sandy Loyd

I recently downloaded this first book in the Timeless series for free on Kindle.  Time Will Tell has some unique features in it that drew me to want to read the story.  Firstly, there’s a thoroughbred stud farm.  It is being used to help rehabilitate kids who have been through a rough patch in life.  Maybe they’ve lost a loved one and found life to be all too much – this was the case for the female protagonist Libby Edwards.

Time Will Tell by Sandy Loyd | Equus Education

Time Will Tell by Sandy Loyd | Equus Education

Libby finds true enjoyment in working on the farm where she was able to heal after her mother’s death.  It also helps her to forget about her disappointed father and controlling fiancé.  Twin Oaks is a place where she feels she truly belongs and is making a difference.

Secondly, the book has the added element of time travel.  What I found really unique about the story was Libby’s ability to go back in time to the same stud farm.  This is when it was just starting to flourish as a thoroughbred breeding and racing facility.

This time back in the 1800s is when the Kentucky Derby idea was first birthed and a local racetrack was being formed.  Through Libby, the reader is able to learn about this big race in the US in the 21st century.  Plus, they get to read about the men that brought the grand horse race to fruition in the first place.

Thirdly, throw in a good looking stud farm owner, undeniable chemistry and a charming love story and you have the great makings for a novel.  Time Will Tell had many horse facts.  There was a focus on my favourite industry – thoroughbreds, racing and breeding – and a great love story.  It was also a unique way to enlighten readers about the origins of the Kentucky Derby.  An enjoyable read.  The only qualm I had was that a mare named Pride in the future was referred to as a stallion for a bit of the story and then went back to being a mare.

Author – Sandy Loyd
Fiction – adult
In my library – as an eBook
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5 Careers that are Hands on with Horses

5 Careers that are Hands on with Horses | Equus Education

5 Careers that are Hands on with Horses | Equus Education

There are many, many different careers relating to horses.  Want an example?  Well head along to Vocation-100 where over 170 horse related careers are explored via Equus Education.

This post is going to look at only 5 careers that are hands on with horses.  But I assure you there are many more!  Because let’s face it, sometimes it’s really nice to have a job that involves working with the animal in question!

  • Acupuncture – this particular equine career has a science background and is often carried out by veterinarians. You can find out more about an equine acupuncture course and read a profile on Susan Hamilton, an animal therapist
  • Barrier attendant – these people are often seen working hard at race meetings. Interested in the racing scene and want to work with horses in some capacity?  Find out about barrier attendants.
  • Flight attendant – want to combine horses and flying? Well here’s a unique position.  Flight attendants tend to horses’ needs as they travel from one country to another.
  • Instructing – your focus could be beginners, children, competitive riding, Western, English, racing – you name it! Working as an instructor will require knowledge in your field of focus, the ability to ride and to teach others on various horses.  You’ll also need insurance and probably an instructing qualification.
  • Stud work – now there are so many different positions within the area of breeding horses. You could be an AI technician, a stud hand, a breeder, a manager of broodmares, stallions or yearlings; the list goes on.  If you want daily interaction with breeding horses, consider the stud industry.

5 Careers that are Hands on with Horses

If you want to physically work with horses in your equine career, then be inspired by the possible number of horse jobs out there!  Why not try for something unique?  Or perhaps a job that requires a qualification to undertake it?  The choice is yours.

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Inspiritus Equine, Inc

Inspiritus Equine, Inc | Equus Education

Inspiritus Equine, Inc | Equus Education

Inspiritus Equine, Inc looks at integrated soundness solutions for the horse.  I was made aware of this site when reading Suffering in Silence.  I love the fact that there are businesses like this.  As it states on the Inspiritus Equine site, various healing methods from both Eastern and Western medicine are utilised to diagnose lameness in a horse.

Dr. Robson is able to provide insight from the veterinary chiropractic side of things as well as veterinary acupuncture.  Saddle-fit evaluations and infrared thermography are also offered.  The list is topped off by the availability of Chinese and also western herbal medicine.

On top of all these different ways to look at a horse’s well being and assess potential lameness issues, Dr. Robson also boasts helping to educate horse owners and treating the affected horse/s compassionately.

Inspiritus Equine, Inc

Most people will recognise that one person can’t do everything.  But when you have a network of capable equine professionals, much more is possible.  As it states on the Inspiritus Equine, Inc site:

“Inspiritus Equine, Inc. unites the best healing methods from both Eastern and Western Veterinary Medicine, with top industry professionals in farriery, saddlery, thermography, and classical foundation training, to create an integrated, sound equine body and mind.  Inspiritus Equine, Inc. provides a unique approach to your horse’s well-being. Dr. Robson evaluates each patient as a whole horse and emphasizes client education while providing invaluable resources.”

I have touched on the niche idea of a veterinarian with a farriery focus before.  This particular incorporation seems to take the idea of combining niches to a whole new level.  When you have access to a professional who is able to be educated in various fields, this can greatly benefit your horse.  And if they make use of other professionals in various areas, this too is a plus.

“There are strong similarities in the way horses and those with autism see the world. Horses are often born into an environment they don’t understand, with overwhelming sights, sounds, and smells, and a sense that no one understands them. And when they see someone with autism, who has much the same background, and who knows them, and knows what they need – there is a connection. Since the two share the same experiences, they both relax, and seem to talk and understand each other.”  – Valerie Ormond

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The Pegasus Shortcut by Pamela Love

The Pegasus Shortcut is a delightful short read for young and older readers alike.  Set in a time when horses are the source of transport for messengers, it focuses on an illness in a local village.  The young son of a messenger spends his time preparing horses for his father who needs to get magical crystals to help cure those who haven’t yet died from a mysterious illness.

The son is dismayed to find after his father has left that one of the crystals was left behind.  Without it, the others won’t work and the trip will have been wasted.  Worse yet, his father will have exposed himself to the illness and could potentially meet the same fate of many who have died from it.

The Pegasus Shortcut by Pamela Love | Equus Education

The Pegasus Shortcut by Pamela Love | Equus Education

It is obvious he must try to catch up to his father.  And yet his father is on the fastest horse there is.  Still, the young boy decides on a pony that is sure footed and fast.  He knows he is racing against time to get to his father before he reaches the village.

The Pegasus Shortcut

There is a shortcut that would allow him to achieve his goal – beat his father to the town gate.  But it is unsafe and was banned many years earlier.  He soon decides to take the risk – people’s lives are at stake.  He takes a stubborn pony and heads out over the treacherous mountain as quickly as he can.

The trip is difficult but the boy is sure he is making time.  His mount presses on steadily and when they do the inevitable and beat his father to town, he realises a little magic may have been involved – and not from the crystals.  His mount seems to have the ability to fly.

Author – Pamela Love
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook
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American Association of Professional Farriers

If you have a desire to go into farriery as a career, it’s worth knowing about your local association.  They can provide much in the way of business advice, educational training and even qualification details.  Not to mention promotion of your services, related farrier events and more.  The American Association of Professional Farriers has much to offer on their website.

I love that they have a Career Centre on their site.  It provides details on farrier schools, gaining a farriery qualification and even scholarships for the year that can be applied for.  If you want to start you career as a farrier in the US, this looks like the place to go!

There is also a mentoring program, by the looks of things.  If you have questions about farriery as a career, who better to go to then a mentor?  You can learn from someone who has already been there, done that!  You may be provided with insight that you wouldn’t otherwise gain.  Mentors can teach what not to do in particular situations and even give much needed encouragement.

The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education

The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education

Tools are a much needed aid in the world of trimming horses’ feet.  On the Professional Farriers website you’ll even find links to different farrier supply stores.  This can help you to determine what your ongoing costs will be and how this will affect what you charge clients.

I think the mission statement on their website sums things up nicely:

“The American Association of Professional Farriers will promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continuing education and support at the state, national and international levels while improving overall equine health through collaboration with other industry professionals.”

The American Association of Professional Farriers

Back in 2001, issues of certification, publications, continuing education, alliances and professional relations for farriers were raised in a meeting held in Georgetown, Kentucky.  This led to a decision to start building the American Association of Professional Farriers.  This also led to the creation the Canadian Association of Professional Farriers and the International Association of Professional Farriers.  All three are governed by the same Board of Directors.

As I’ve said before on Equus Education, if you know of an association that helps to build and promote the industry you plan to go into, be sure you make use of its resources and contacts!  They’re there to help you.

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Horse Stores as a Business Opportunity

Recently in town we’ve had a new Equine Emporium open.  It got me to thinking about horse stores as a business opportunity.  I’ve touched on franchises before in the form of saddleries, but haven’t really looked at horse stores in general.

Horse Stores as a Business Opportunity | Equus Education

Horse Stores as a Business Opportunity | Equus Education

A horse store could offer a niche product – like particular known brands by those who work on farms or with horses.  R M Williams comes to mind here in Australia.  Or they may focus on horse related gifts that you could get for that horse crazy person.  Jewellery, books, mugs, framed photos, statues or other trinkets that somehow link back to the horse.

Maybe the horse store could include tack and health care products for your beloved equine.  Even grooming equipment and riding gear could be included.  Or perhaps the store focuses specifically on accessories for your equine/s.  You know – rugs, head collars, boots, etc.

Horse Stores as a Business Opportunity

Whatever the focus, it is possible to have a horse store as a business.  Like with any business, the owner will need to do their research.  There will be costs associated with running a business, ordering stock, having insurance and advertising.  On top of this, it’s important to know that what you’re selling is wanted and will be purchased by locals or those visiting.

Have you ever dreamt of having a horse store in your local community?  What products would be most used or desired by locals?  Would they be easy for you to source?  Could you support local artists who have horse related paintings, drawings, photography or other items?  This may be something to think about.

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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The Wild One by Eve Bunting

The Wild One is a horse story for young readers.  It is focused on an eleven year old boy who doesn’t seem to fit into his surroundings.  Horses feature heavily in this children’s story, but there is also a delightful tale of the Cheyenne people and their way of life.  Unfortunately for Snow Deer, although he feels at home as a Cheyenne, his tribe doesn’t agree that he belongs.

The Wild One by Eve Bunting | Equus Education

The Wild One by Eve Bunting | Equus Education

Snow Deer’s father was a white man.  The young boy inherited his father’s looks – including blonde hair – and his love for painting.  Neither seems to fit into the world of hunting for food and fading into the background of nature.  Snow Deer finds himself a victim of bullying from the other Cheyenne boys.  The young boy wonders how he can convince them he is staying.

A chance meeting with a white horse has Snow Deer finding something else that doesn’t fit in.  In time the stallion is caught but the Cheyenne conclude he’ll be no good with his pale colouring that will show up easily in the day and night.

Wanting to prove himself, Snow Deer vows to break in the white stallion.  A wild ride results in the two having the chance to change the history of the Cheyenne people for good.  The Wild One is an interesting and realistic read with a lovely horse focus.  Young readers are sure to enjoy the story.

Author – Eve Bunting
Fiction – children
In my library – that it is 🙂
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“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.” ― Gerald Raftery

Horse Programs as a Passive Income

So recently I became aware of the Confident Rider Project.  This particular project runs for six months and costs to take part in.  It is carried out via free resources on a website, a Facebook group where participants can interact and one on one sessions over Skype or Zoom.  It seems to me there are a lot of people taking part and I got to thinking about horse programs as a form of passive income.  Sure, this particular program isn’t fully passive – there are one on one sessions that will take up your time as the creator.

Horse Programs as a Passive Income | Equus Education

Horse Programs as a Passive Income | Equus Education

Horse Programs as a Passive Income

But what if you could create a program (or multiple horse programs) that pretty much run by themselves for a set time frame?  Your topic could relate to horse riding, handling horses safely, breeding horses, writing about them or even photographing them.

As the program creator, you can create a heap of resources.  These can include audio files, videos, .pdf files, worksheets, activities, a Facebook group, etc.  These resources are made available to subscribers at set times throughout their program.  For example you could release a new resource and task to complete each week or month.  If you’re able to set up things to automatically release after participants reach a particular point (like finish watching one of your videos), then it can automatically progress without you needing to do much.

All you have to do is create the content and find a platform to release it on.  Then you promote your program and determine how you will receive payments.  From a specific date/s people can have information released to them (like in email automation).  They are encouraged to run through all that your program has to offer.  Of course at the end you can ask for feedback/testimonials.  And you can also promote other products / projects that you have available for sale.  What do you think?

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The Confident Rider Project

Recently I discovered this group on Facebook and thought I’d take a look.  It’s an online group that is set as a challenge for riders in the year 2018.  The Confident Rider Project is aimed to be an online community to help people ride their horses, boost their confidence and achieve more in life.

From Dressage Music to Confidence Coaching

As the creator of this project has stated:

“My business has evolved over the last 5 years, from my dressage schooling music; ‘The Musical Ride Company’. Which still exists and is designed to help riders in a variety of ways (fitness, something interesting to do on those dark winter nights and confidence building.) Now I have expanded to create a support group /community and website for horse lovers all over the world to help with confidence building and equestrian lifestyle.”

If you’re interested in taking part in this project, I encourage you to look at the website and if you’re up for some freebies, be sure to check out the free tools, guidance and resources.

Want to read specifically about the Confident Rider Project?  You can find out about this six month program here.  If you sign u

The Confident Rider Project for 2018 | Equus Education

The Confident Rider Project for 2018 | Equus Education

p via this post, you can get the first month free.  You can check out the Facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/confidenthorseriderproject/ and join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/theconfidentriderproject/.

If you’re someone who wants to boost their confidence in riding horses, whilst working with them and in life in general, then perhaps you’d like to check out the Confident Rider Project.  It seems like a great initiative for 2018.

“He’s of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.” ― William Shakespeare

Rides that Way by Susan Ketchen

The fourth book that follows Born That Way by Susan Ketchen is Rides that Way.  The story sees fourteen year old Sylvia further developing as a teen.  As someone recently diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, Sylvia is struggling with the many things that make her different from others.  What she doesn’t seem to realise is that many of the things she is struggling with, other ‘normal’ teens are also struggling with.  She attributes a lot of what she is navigating in life to Turner Syndrome, when much of it is perfectly normal for a growing teen.

Rides that Way by Susan Ketchen | Equus Education

Rides that Way by Susan Ketchen | Equus Education

Sylvia finds her peace in riding her pony Brooklyn and is rapt to have taken him in her first one day event – and survived!  She is an unstoppable athlete.  Sylvia is also a young female who isn’t sure she wants to deal with developing into a woman.  Because of her syndrome, Sylvia needs to take oestrogen to further develop.  If she doesn’t, she will stay with a boyish figure.  As she watches people around her managing male attention and working out how to best present their figures, she is not sure it’s at all what she wants.

Then there’s Logan Losino.  He might be Sylvia’s favourite person but when she learns how he explains her syndrome to others, she questions if he is like everyone else.  Too many people seem to think she’s a freak and she’d rather just fly under the raidar.

Rides that Way has a lot to offer.  The book takes a look at family dynamics with some very humorous insights from young Sylvia.  Issues of peer pressure and unwanted attention by males is also covered.  From a horse point of view there’s lots of riding, caring for horses that are sick and considering what is best for the horse’s welfare.  Rides that Way is a unique and entertaining read.  Highly recommended.

Author – Susan Ketchen
Fiction – teens
In my library – it is as an eBook!
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