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Grazing Rites – Horse Passive Income

There are many different things that can be undertaken that relate to horses and can earn a passive income. That is, something is done once and it brings in a return, consistently. Grazing rites could be defined as a way to bring in horse passive income.

Grazing Rites can Generate Horse Passive Income

Grazing Rites can Generate Horse Passive Income

Grazing rites could otherwise be described as a form of boarding or agistment, depending on where you are located. The general idea is that you purchase some land that can hold horses. You then set it up with appropriate fencing, water, shelters and grazing and ‘rent’ it out to horse owners. With minimal upkeep on the property, it can consistently bring in money.

An easier alternative, is that you lease it out to someone and they are to maintain the property, fencing, manage the grass, etc. In this way, it would truly be passive, requiring no work from you but be earning you money.

Grazing Rites as Horse Passive Income

This of course is an expensive way to accumulate passive income. Obviously you’d need a large sum of money to be able to purchase land. And then there is the possibility that it needs adjusting, to be suitable for horses.

There are many other ways you can develop passive income relating to horses. 20 different ideas have been put together in a short course titled Equine Passive Streams over at Udemy. You can take this online course at a discounted rate, by clicking this link, or the image in the sidebar of this site. The varying possibilities explored require no financial input (just your time), a little financial input, and also a greater financial input, such as with grazing rites.

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Many will be familiar with horse book author Marguerite Henry. The name is often associated with the book Misty of Chincoteague. In another book by the same author, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley focuses on the attributes of the mule.

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry

Young Molly desires nothing more in life than to have a horse. She doesn’t care if the horse is a filly or a colt, just so long as it is young and has much life and spirit in it. But all of this seems irrelevant when her parents are struggling financially and a horse is out of the question.

And yet, in time her dream comes true and Molly learns it is as much a desire of her own as it is her father’s. The horse that they are able to purchase isn’t exactly what Molly had in mind, however. Lady Sue is old, underweight and worn out.

As she is showered with love, food and good health care however, she starts to flourish. Molly finds that maybe she can be proud of the horse that she has, rather than the one she dreamed of owning. Also, Lady Sue has a surprise for the whole family – she’s in foal. And the foal isn’t another horse, it’s a mule! The little colt mule that is born turns out to be the best surprise for Molly.

As she invests her time in her schoolwork, Molly is rewarded with more time to spend with the colt she’s named Brown Sunshine. When her studies and love of mules is combined, it results in an amazing opportunity for the pair. Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley is a unique fictional novel that looks at the history of the mule and how it helped in the United States. This book is both entertaining for young readers and educational. It’s an enjoyable read with a happy ending.

Author – Marguerite Henry
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10652.Marguerite_Henry
Fiction – children
In my library? – That it is!
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Sound Cloud – Equine Audio Files

I was recently talking with my mother about a photograph she’d taken of a lyrebird. She’d recorded audio of it singing around the time she took the photo. Then with the use of Sound Cloud she was able to upload the picture and an audio file which people can listen to online for free, whilst looking at the photo.

Equine Audio Files - Free Sound Cloud Account

Equine Audio Files – Free Sound Cloud Account

I’ve touched on equine podcasts as a business tool before and thought it would be worth mentioning this website, too. Here is a tool that you can use for free to host audio files. So what are some examples of equine audio files that you may utilise to provide benefit to your customers or even as links to purchase products?

  • As an equine author, you could have audio files of reading the first chapter of a particular book. Then you provide details where people can buy the book to read themselves.
  • If you are promoting a particular training method, you can explain this on audio files for followers.
  • You could provide audio reviews of products that people can then buy and you receive a commission for, like through Amazon Affiliates
  • You could interview people who make a living with horses and find a specific angle to ask questions – perhaps some food for thought for me!

Equine Audio Files for Business

Either way, if you have a need for equine audio files for your business, then Sound Cloud may be of interest, particularly the free account to try things out and see what you think! Or perhaps now that you know about the resource, you can think of equine audio files that would benefit your business and your clients!

“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

Mapping Equine Qualifications

A recent chance to profile Adrienne Tomkinson, had me thinking once again about different horse careers around the world. I know of someone who is currently in the process of working in the racing industry to map qualifications internationally. Mapping equine qualifications could work worldwide in all equine industries.

The idea is that all racing qualifications around the world are able to be matched against each other. How is this of benefit? Someone who receives a certificate or other racing qualification in Korea, can then come to Australia.  When they do, their skill level can be matched against Australian qualifications. It’ll make it a smoother process for working internationally in an industry that is qualification controlled.

Adrienne indicated in her profile that if you choose to follow her career path, the steps you need to take could differ. This depends on where you plan to pursue your career.  Which country you’re in will depict what process you undertake.

Mapping Equine Qualifications

Mapping Equine Qualifications on Equus Education

Mapping Equine Qualifications on Equus Education

Differing equine industries are able to govern what qualifications are needed to pursue a particular career. E.g. as a horse racing trainer, jockey, horse riding instructor or equine veterinarian. What if there was a group of people who determined what qualifications in varying countries were equivalent to others? In this way, horse skills and certificates can be matched appropriately.

Now this is a massive job considering all the countries that offer horse related work. And of course you need to take into account the different industries – equestrian, performance, veterinary, farriery, etc. Chances are, there’s enough work for various people in the different industries to map out qualifications!

Governing horse bodies would need to be involved, of course.  In this way, they can help make sure things are regulated for each and every country.

How would you feel knowing that the qualification you had gained could land you a job and also be easily compared with others internationally? Would it help you to travel and work with horses?

The Girl who Hated Ponies (Pony Pals #13) by Jeanne Betancourt

The thirteenth book in the Pony Pal series aimed at young horse lovers is titled The Girl who Hated Ponies. Ten year old Lulu is looking forward to a weekend with her two best friends, Pony Pals Anna and Pam.

The Girl who Hated Ponies by Jeanne Betancourt

The Girl who Hated Ponies by Jeanne Betancourt

Her father is away for a wildlife conference and Lulu has her time all planned. She is going to ride over to Pam’s place on her pony Snow White with Anna, who will ride Acorn. They will then camp the night in the barn and spend their weekend riding and spending time with their beloved ponies. It’s going to be great!

Then Lulu’s dad drops an unexpected surprise on her, one that Lulu isn’t sure she likes. She’s suddenly got an extra girl to think of. At least Melissa is the same age as the other three girls. But it seems that this city girl from New York is more interested in her looks than smelly ponies.

Lulu is devastated when her weekend takes a turn for the worse before it’s even begun. What is she going to do with a girl who wants to do manicures and try out different hairstyles instead of ride ponies and groom them?

The Girl who Hated Ponies is a great look at how the three Pony Pals can befriend someone who seems very different to them. Lulu, Anna and Pam are dubious about Melissa at first, but they take her out on a trail ride despite her protests. When things take a turn for the worse, the four girls have to work together to get home safely. The thirteenth book in the Pony Pal series is full of adventure and shows the importance of being nice to someone, even if you don’t like them. The story ends well and has a great moral for young readers.

Author: Jeanne Betancourt
Fiction – children
In My Library? That it is!
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Profile On: Adrienne Tomkinson, ImPuls Methode

Adrienne Tomkinson from ImPuls Methode was kind enough to answer some questions about what she does!  See below.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
I work during the week with horses, in stables, massaging or training horses (riding or ground exercises). Probably I spend most of my time in someway related to horses, as this is my business. I am a Vaulting trainer so spend 2 evenings a week training children in Vaulting. On some weekends I run courses in conjunction with a government training institute (WIFI – wifi.tirol.at Pferdeenergetiks), teaching people how to perform a basic massage, clear and balance their horses energy and perform gymnastics exercises. Other weekends I go to competitions to watch clients, for my Vaulting Team or because I sponsor events at specific competitions. I write blogs for an international Horse Portal (EQWO.net) on a monthly basis. Almost every day I do something related to horses! Most of the time I live horses and often dream about them too!!

The ImPuls Methode

The ImPuls Methode

What is it exactly that you do?
I am self-employed as a Massage & Energy therapist, Sport Coach and Trainer (Sport and Fitness Conditioning). The Massage is self explanatory, instigates relaxation and improves muscle function. The energy work helps clear and balance energy for the horse. It helps with behavioural issues, such as anxiety/nervousness, fixing bad habits that stem from previous bad experiences (perhaps injuries, surgery or mis-treatment) and ‘re-fueling’ the vitality of horses (lethargy caused by over-work or strenuous competition schedules).

I perform active gymnastics training, either on the ground or ridden to help strengthen specific areas and build up flexibility and muscle mass. I have developed my own method, ImPuls Methode™. This method encompasses the three important techniques to help optimise a horse’s performance. After many years of experience and learning and trying new hand techniques I found that my routines give the best results!

Adrienne Tomkinson, ImPuls Methode

Adrienne Tomkinson, ImPuls Methode

Basically I am like a personal trainer but instead of training the people I train the horses and also provide regular massage to help maintain healthy muscle function and homeostasis within the body. I have written and teach courses for riders, owners, trainers and stablehands how to perform the basics of the ImPuls Methode™ on their own horse. In conjunction with a government training facility we deliver this to students in Austria, Germany and Italy (link in German).

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Sure! But at the start it is not easy, it takes some time to build up a sufficient, regular client base. The results from the Sport Conditioning take time. The massage has an almost immediate effect, however regular sessions combined with the energy work and conditioning really demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of including such a program to a horse’s training regime. However, once the owners/trainers can see the benefits of the “investment”, in performance, recovery, and reduction in the risk of injury, it is much easier!

This of course does take time! Word of mouth recommendation is generally the best advertisement as the referrals come from those that have already ‘been bold’ and seen how great the results can be!

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
That depends in which country one wishes to pursue this career!!! I started in Australia and now live in Austria. In Australia / England / USA and Germany the industry and mindset is a few years ahead. The rules and regulations dependent on each country vary. This is important to know so that one can look for the right education and get the right experience. Not all countries have the same regulations and thus the opportunities vary. Generally one must have an interest and then complete a course/degree to learn the Theory, and at the same time get enough practical experience.

Adrienne Tomkinson, ImPuls Methode

Adrienne Tomkinson, ImPuls Methode

Favourite horse memory?
Ohhh, that’s your hardest question!! I do not know as I have too many! We had a stud so watching foals being born (or when necessary helping) was amazing. But successes in competitions, riding and swimming at the beach and playing with my horses are all also favourites! I guess anything to do with enjoying the connection I have had with my horses are all my favourites!

Future goals?
At the moment I am working on developing a Professional Training Course in Austria. Naturally this involves also vets and other professionals so that people can learn not only how to perform the role, but also how to use the information and skills to be an excellent practitioner.

ImPuls Methode

I would like to see my ImPuls Methode™ taught internationally and have a great network of highly qualified and quality controlled professionals performing my method. I would also like to have a huge facility where I can have enough place for horses to come to me for various programs and students come to me to complete a Practicum.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
I get paid to do what I love!!! What is better than that? I love going to different stables, seeing different people and horses and the results from my work over time. Also, I get to travel internationally, for example to Italy, for client appointments. I enjoy keeping updated in horse health and never stop learning!

The Horse Drawn Tram

I was recently chatting with a friend who is off on a holiday. They’ll be in the area of the horse drawn tram! It seems that in Victor Harbor, South Australia, there is a tram that is pulled by a draught horse, across a bridge to a particular nature reserve. In fact, this is the main way to get there!

The Horse Drawn Tram in Victor Harbor

The Horse Drawn Tram in Victor Harbor

What a unique idea! I am originally from South Australia and hadn’t realised this was about, although we often frequented Victor Harbor. My mother informs me it’s been around for ages and she remembers it as a girl. My father indicated for awhile it was pulled by a tractor to take people across. Perhaps this was why I didn’t pay attention to it as a young girl? I am sure the horse would have gained my interest!

The Horse Drawn Tram

You can travel along the causeway from seaside Victor Harbor over to Granite Island in the only horse-drawn tramway in Australia. I love this! You can check out the website for prices. I was surprised to note that you can even pay for an annual membership, which gives you unlimited free rides! As it says on their website:

“The tram travels across the 630 metre causeway throughout the day taking passengers to picturesque Granite Island. Approximately 100,000 visitors annually enjoy this experience. It has carried more than 2 million passengers since 1986.
Commencing in 1894 by the South Australian Railways, the service attracts visitors from all parts of the globe. Whether it is the experience of travelling on heritage transport, travelling across the sea, going to the Island and experiencing the nature walks, the opportunity of seeing marine life in their environment or the joy of meeting one of our Clydesdales, the tram caters for all.”

You can find out all about the history of the tramway on their site, too!  And be sure to check out membership details 🙂

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Recently I was able to download another book by Bev Pettersen on Kindle. Having read Riding for Redemption not too long ago, I was keen to read another horse mystery romance by this author. Color My Horse didn’t disappoint.

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen

Once again with a focus on the racing world, it brings together two very different characters. Mark is a promising thoroughbred trainer who is just hitting his prime at 31 years of age. Having a colt that could run in – and even win – the Derby is a highlight for him. He can even handle the difficult owner. That is, until said owner insists that Mark takes on his granddaughter in an attempt to break her spirit – and rebellious streak.

Jessica is in her late twenties and has suffered early retirement as a skier due to a knee injury. She makes a bargain with her grandfather. He will fund her planned dog grooming business if she can last working at the racetrack for Mark for a set period of time.

Mark chooses to ignore his immediate attraction to Jessica – she’s an heiress to a fortune. Plus, she doesn’t know horses. He just wants her to do her job quietly – once she learns to do it competently. The fact that she is very green with regards to racing is a time wasting frustration.

Jessica is determined to show her worth at the track. She’ll work hard, learn all she can and get her grandfather off her back. What she didn’t factor in was falling for the head boss – or his lack of interest in her. Used to getting her way because of her looks, Jessica is surprised to find that she wants to earn Mark’s respect as well as his interest.

Color My Horse

As the upcoming Breeders Cup meet draws closer, Jessica finds an unexpected love for the racing industry. Throw in an orphan boy, a foreign man with a knife who is out to get her and a scheming grandfather and Jessica doesn’t know where to turn.

Color My Horse is an aptly named, entertaining mystery that wraps up nicely. I loved how Jessica’s character developed and learned what she really wanted in life – with a little pushing from Mark. Toning down the language and crude descriptions would make this book almost perfect.

Author: Bev Petterson
Fiction – adult
In My Library? As an eBook.
Want it? Get it now on Amazon.

Equine Non Profits Network

I was interested to recently discover an equine non profits website. This network focuses specifically on equine non profits that are located in the North Carolina region.  As it says on their website,

‘the mission of this project is to promote and support communication and collaboration among North Carolina’s horse related nonprofit organizations.’

Equine Non Profits can be a Great way to Give Back and Learn new Skills

Equine Non Profits can be a Great way to Give Back and Learn new Skills

I was amazed to learn through this website, that there are over 100 horse related nonprofit organisations within the North Carolina area – wow! The website has been created to be an interaction point for all of these organisations. It’s a place they can go online to gain information and help in relation to horse focused non profits. The site has been set up by Equine Career Network founder, Kelsey Sullivan and is run in conjunction with the North Carolina Horse Council.

The website provides details on the various organisations within the North Carolina counties. The 100+ organisations cover the areas of therapeutic riding, equine assisted, therapy, rescue, racehorse rehoming and preservation.

Equine Non Profits in North Carolina

I am blown away by the number of organisations set up in the NC area. For someone who wants to learn about setting up and running a non profit that relates to horses, volunteering at any number of facilities like these would be of benefit! As you can see, you can focus your interests to a particular area, such as therapeutic riding. Or, maybe you’d rather focus your energies where you see there is still a great need. Non profits are a great way to offer your time and energy through volunteering. They can also provide you with much information and skills as you make yourself available to them.

If you want to set up such an organisation in the NC area, then keep this website address handy. It not only provides contact details of over 100 setups in the North Carolina area, it also provides details on grants and emergency resources, as well as agriculture extension office details.

I love to learn about resources like this! If there isn’t one for your local area, then maybe you could start to collate similar information for it? This website came about from a Masters Thesis project – cool!

The Muleteer as a Horse Career

So recently I’ve had the opportunity to consider another in the equine species – the mule.  Or more specifically, the role of the muleteer. This was on account of the Equine Spirit by C S Purdy. It was followed up by reading Brown Sunrise of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry which will be reviewed in the future.

The Muleteer as a Horse Career

The Muleteer as a Horse Career

For those who are unaware, a mule is a foal that results from a horse and a donkey being bred. More specifically, the female is a horse (mare) and the male is a donkey (jack).

Something that fascinates me is that a mule is infertile. You cannot breed two mules and gain a baby mule. This is because donkeys have an extra set of chromosomes to the horse and so the resulting mule ends up with one chromosome not being paired. Interesting!

Mules have a lot of appeal to those who own them and handle them. They can be quite large, depending on the horse influence. Mules are sturdy, surefooted and hard workers. They also keep well, unlike some breeds of horse that require a lot to stay in good condition.

The Muleteer

Whilst reading Marguerite Henry’s novel about Brown Sunrise, reference was made to one of the gentlemen being a muleteer. I’m not sure I’ve read this word before! I assumed it related to the care of a mule, but I thought I’d do a little investigating. A muleteer can simply be described as “one who drives mules.”

A definition that I feel is a little more comprehensive details:

“A muleteer, or more informally a muleskinner is a person who transports goods using pack animals, especially mules. In South America, muleskinners transport coffee, maize (corn), cork, wheat and myriad other items. They remain common in the Paisa Region of Colombia. In California, muleteers work out of pack stations. In Europe, there are still muleteers in the south of Portugal and the southwest of Spain, in the cork producing area. Their role is now limited to transporting the cork with their mules, out of the Mediterranean oak forest to more accessible routes, where modern means of transport are available.”

Perhaps you have an interest in training and working with the equine species. But maybe donkeys and mules appeal to you more. Or the idea of working with pack horses in general! Being a muleteer could provide you with the chance to train, travel and get a lot of exercise!

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