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.
Did you know that Equus Education is on Pinterest? What may particularly interest you is the board that contains Free Horse Resources on Pinterest! Whether they are products that have already been discussed on Equus Education in the free resource category, or my free horse related resources at TeachersPayTeachers or other free horse related products that I have come across, they will be pinned here.
As I discover more resources or am told about others, then they will be added to the board. You can choose to follow the board and stay up to date with all the pins.
If you follow Equus Education on Pinterest, then you will automatically be set to follow all the boards:
- Horse Educational Resources
- Horse Books
- Free Horse Resources
- Horse Careers
- Horse Educational Institutions
The idea is that this account will lead you to sites that help you to further your horse education and career! Have an idea for a board that you feel should be included on Equus Education? Leave a comment and let me know!
Free Horse Resources on Pinterest
Of course I feel that for anything that is horse related and free, you can’t lose! So keep an eye on the board for Free Horse Resources on Pinterest. You never know, you may just find something you really enjoy or that is of benefit to you and your horse career!
There are many social media avenues out there that provide horse related resources. Be sure to check out Equus Education on Pinterest and follow so that you can stay up to date for whenever new freebies are added!
“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
A spin off series from the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley, is Wild Horse Island. In the second book in this series, The Shining Stallion, young Darby Carter is living in the place of her dreams. She has found herself living in Hawaii with her grandfather Jonah while her mum is on set for a film. Jonah owns 2000 acres in Hawaii known as ‘Iolani Ranch. He breeds working horses and has a beautiful bay stallion.
Aside from her grandfather’s horses, there are wild horses on the island. Darby is in heaven. She loves horses. Her passion for them and her desire to learn as much as possible override her lack of knowledge about horses. Add to this the fact that she has her own filly – Hoku (Hawaiian for star) – and that she can ride daily and Darby knows she will improve in leaps and bounds.
Although Darby loves where she is staying, she is lonely and not sure she’ll make it as a future ranch hand. A girl around her age named Megan is angry with Darby and she doesn’t know how to change this. Also, without meaning to, Darby accidentally endangers one of Jonah’s horses. Suddenly she is questioning if she belongs on the ranch at all.
Then one night she sees a mysterious horse on ‘Iolani Ranch. When she mentions this, Darby learns about the legends surrounding the Shining Stallion of Hawaii. Her grandfather doesn’t want the stallion around. Another man is trying to catch him. Darby is surprised to find a mysterious stallion causing so much trouble. When he comes back to the ranch, she questions if the outcome can be anything other than bad.
The Shining Stallion is an interesting tale about a horse crazy teen in Hawaii. It throws in some interesting tales about legends in Hawaii and the local language. The second book in the Wild Horse Island series, it is another interesting read from Terri Farley.
The second book in this series, Double Clear introduces you to Katy as the protagonist, this time. Katy lives and breathes horses and riding. Along with her mum, they buy, retrain and sell horses.
Katy is currently leasing Molly, a beautiful bay mare that proved to be too much of a handful for her owner. Although Katy knows that Steph is an accomplished rider, she has been happily riding and training Molly for three years, having taken her on at the age of 12. Since then, the stubborn and flighty mare has turned into a promising jumper. Katy knows it’s because of her perseverance – and the fact that she clicked with the mare from the start.
Consequently she is devastated to find that Molly is to be sold – to someone Katy loathes. Not only is she going to miss out on riding the promising young mare, she’s going to have to watch her being successfully competed by Susannah – a young rider who is too harsh with horses.
That in it would be enough to upset Katy. Add the unexpected appearance of her father who has been living in Australia and the teen questions just what else can go wrong? Katy’s father seems to want to be a part of her life all of a sudden. She can’t imagine why, when he’s been missing in action for so many years.
As Katy deals with these two major events in her life, she’s thankful for the emotional support of her close friend, AJ. It doesn’t hurt either that AJ’s older brother Anders is suddenly hanging around. Katy knows that she should consider her best friend’s brother off limits, but it can’t hurt to look, can it?
Double Clear does a great job of helping to reader to better get to know Katy. Throw in some interesting events, a lot of great horse scenes and information and you have another great read by New Zealand author, Kate Lattey.
I was recently reading a product review on Breeches and Boat Shoes. The author had been sent a pair of grooming hands to try out on their horse and then write a review for.
This particular grooming item works like a curry comb. Instead, it is a pair of gloves that you put on and use to brush over your horse. According to the Grooming Hands website, the gloves are designed with:
- Specifically placed massage points for easy gripping and optimal pressure
- Deep massaging tips on middle and ring fingers
- Open access for thumb and tips of pointer and pinky fingers for dexterity
The science behind the gloves is listed as:
- Unique thermo plastic with anti-static properties
- Carbon filaments throughout glove to reduce static discharge
- Tested across hundreds of animals
- Latex free
It’s always interesting to see new horse related products that come onto the market. Generally it seems they come about because someone sees a gap in horse related products and they find a way to fill it, or they see something can be done better – so they do!
That seems to be the way with grooming hands. They are identified as pet massage and grooming gloves – so not just for horses. But they definitely seem like a good substitute for a curry comb, to me! I know my hands end up quite dirty when I am currying horses in preparation for a sale – having gloves to protect my hands would be welcome!
This product that is designed and assembled in the United States has many benefits:
- Use fingers to scrub the body, loosen dirt, dead skin and feel for lumps, scabs or ticks
- Ability to use the cloth of the glove to wipe around eyes or nose or face, and legs
- Able to pick up and/or hold leash, lead line, or halter
- Massage muscles at the same time as brushing
- You will never drop your brush again!
- Use while bathing or washing your pet
- Machine washable and easy to clean
Why not take a look? Check out the website link above.
Oh to be in the United Kingdom when these workshops are being run! CAFRE have just sent out an email indicating that they will be putting on a series of workshops – equine business workshops – in the near future. And the best bit? They’re free!
Whenever you’re able to, make use of free educational sessions that relate to horses, business or even better – horse business! You’re bound to pick up something you can use to better yourself or your business.
According to the email, they are providing:
A series of workshops for equine businesses in Northern Ireland that will provide information to drive your business forward. The series is suitable for all equine related businesses from riding schools and tack shops to self employed instructors, producers and farriers.
The series includes three equine business workshops:
- Unlocking your business potential – 11th October 2016.
- Marketing your “Unique Selling Point” – 1st November 2016.
- Keeping on the right side of the law – 10th January 2017.
Each session will take place from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at Greenmount Campus, Antrim. Registration for each event closes 7 days prior to the event. There is no fee for this course.
Interested and able to attend? Then you can register online www.cafre.ac.uk/short-courses/equine-business-groups/
Even if you’re not yet in business, but you plan to set up your own equine business, then I am sure these sessions will be valuable to you! Plus you can network and check out potential complimenting businesses – win/win!
“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
In Golden Ghost, Sam and Jen partner up to do a history project together. They have no idea what awaits them in the ghost town of Nugget, where their project is set. When they discover a beautiful palomino mare, they are more than a little surprised.
Further to this, Sam is amazed that her friend Jen is convinced she knows the mare. She claims she is a mare that her father purchased for his breeding operation that went missing two years ago.
Sam is keen to uncover the mystery of the town Nugget. Why did it close down? What caused the deaths of the animal bones that she and Jen have found within the town? Who has been looking after the mare that has been missing for so long?
As Sam tries to piece things together, she is distraught to find that the Phantom’s new lead mare has been found dead. What’s worse, she could have died from something that could affect the rest of the herd.
Jen is struggling with her parents fighting over money. Her dad is keen to move into town while Jen and her mother want to stay on the farm. Jen is convinced capturing the palomino mare will solve all their problems. Sam is keen to help her, but she questions just how far Jen will go to secure the mare. How far is too far?
As Sam finds herself working on the history project alone, she is not impressed. When Jen isn’t at school the day the project is due, Sam comes to a sickening conclusion. There is only one place her friend could be.
The town of Nugget is unsafe and her best friend might just be there all alone, trying to catch a flighty mare. Can Sam get there in time to help Jen? And can she talk her out of pinning all her hopes on a horse? Golden Ghost is another great read by Terri Farley.
Horse Stories that Really Happened is a great mix of six different stories about horses. There interesting fact is, all of the stories truly happened and the author has taken a bit of license and built in around the facts. It makes for a truly interesting read. There are some beautiful illustrations by Eric Robson, too.
Readers will be delighted to learn about the first famous horse that was tamed by a young boy, later to be known as Alexander the Great. His horse Bucephalus had an interesting problem that made him difficult to ride. At a young age Alexander worked out what it was and worked with it.
The second tale shows a large animal rescue if ever there was one! Learn about Savanna, a poor mare who gets stuck in a river and the rescue team who helped her.
Learn about the plight of the dancing horses of Vienna around the Second World War and the dance that saved their lives. There are also tales of two horses who saved many in a shipwreck, Foinavon’s win in the Grand National and a foal who struggled to survive.
At the end of each story there are interesting facts about horses. They relate to the topic of the story that was read and help to further enlighten readers about horses. Horse Stories that Really Happened is an enlightening read that is sure to entertain. Add to the fact that they’re based on true stories and they will draw the reader in. Each tale is a quick and easy read, making the book one you will devour in no time.
“But what truly horsey girls discover in the end is that boyfriends, husbands, children, and careers are the substitute – for horses.” ― Jane Smiley
A previous colleague of mine is now involved in an exciting initiative called the International Centre for Equine Excellence. According to their website:
ICEE is a professional company whose mission is to provide the horse community in Korea and South East Asia with high level consultation services, educational training workshops, accredited training and international qualifications in all things equine.
Horses – particularly in the racing industry – are available to people worldwide. If you learn skills in one country and are able to gain a qualification, then this can set you up for international travel and work.
Being able to visit other countries and use horse related skills can put you in a position to gain more skills, contacts and even better rates of pay and horse related positions. It’s great to see this initiative that has been set up for horse enthusiasts in Korea and South East Asia. I’m sure the International Centre for Equine Excellence will go a long way to help people local to Korea and South East Asia gain skills, knowledge and qualifications that will put them in good stead all around the world.
The International Centre for Equine Excellence
If you check out the above link, then you can find out more about the ICEE and who founded it. There is also a page dedicated to qualifications and workshops. Qualifications available in 2017 include:
- Equine sports massage therapy
- Equine photonic therapy
- Equine musculoskeletal therapy
- Certificate II in racing
There are also workshops that cover a myriad of topics. These include working safely with horses, stable duties, coaching, health and welfare, nutrition and managing a horse business. Be sure to check out the ICEE website for further details and contact information.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ― William Shakespeare
I can’t remember how I came across this horse related website, but recently I was made aware of Outback Equines Australia. According to their site, the focus of Outback Equines is on horse training and education within Australia. In fact, it says on their website that they focus on:
- Trick Horse Training
- Liberty Horse Training
- Clicker Training
- Horse Archery
- Working Equitation
- Young Horse Starting
- Float Loading
- Difficult Horses
This is quite a list! I love the idea of a place that is able to help people learn horse archery. Looking at the list of things they focus on, I was also interested in finding out about garrocha – I had not heard of this before!
A look online led me to realise it is yet another thing you can make use of, whilst on a horse. If you look outside of the typical things people do on horseback – dressage, show jumping and cross country, you’ll find there are a myriad of other disciplines or events!
Outback Equines Australia provide a place where you can learn about these many different things. On top of this, you can receive guidance on your riding and horse training.
Perhaps you have a passion for a not so well known discipline on horseback – such as archery. Setting up a property that teaches others how to carry out this discipline can be a unique way to do what you love whilst bringing in an income.
Can you imagine riding a horse at a canter, a bow in your hand and shooting a target? I sure can’t! But how incredible it would be to learn on horses that are trained to do so. That is something I would love to do.
“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” – Adlai E. Stevenson II
In the seventh book in the Phantom Stallion series, Desert Dancer, Samantha Forster finds herself torn. The Phantom’s lead mare is missing. Sam knows this makes things harder on her beloved horse. He needs to find extra energy reserves to keep the herd in order. Aside from this, where has the mare gone?
When she finds that the BLM have brought her in, Sam is desperate to set the mare free. Except for one fact – the dun lead mare has an injury and would easily fall prey out on the range. Add to this the fact that someone is lined up to adopt her and Sam doesn’t know what to do.
Alongside this, manager of the BLM – Brynna Olson – is set to become Sam’s stepmother and whilst she and Wyatt are off on their honeymoon, Sam is left under the watchful gaze of her Aunt Sue. When Sam finds the mare with the BLM and her new owner needs somewhere to keep the mare for a time, Samantha finds herself agreeing for ‘Queen’ to stay at River Bend Ranch.
Jake is far from impressed to find that the Phantom’s lead mare is being housed in a pen at River Bend Ranch. He is even more annoyed when the mare gets free and further injures herself.
Sam finds her loyalties torn. Callie, the young woman who has adopted Queen seems nice. But Sam wants to see the mare free. Plus her best friend Jen thinks Callie is weird. Can’t Sam be friends with both of them?
Whilst dealing with Jake’s tendency to be over protective, Sam struggles to befriend a girl who others consider an outcast. Desert Dancer shows Sam growing up a little in spite of her young years. She learns it is important to treat all people with respect in spite of what others may say of them.