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5 Horse Careers that Utilise Computers

In such a technologically led world, it won’t surprise you to know that there are horse careers that utilise computers.  Perhaps you’re a horse lover and you’re computer savvy.  Then have you considered the idea of one of these horse related careers?  Perhaps you can combine a couple!

  • Office administration assistant – horse businesses need people to help make sure their office side of things run smoothly.  It is not unusual for horse studs and other businesses to need someone who can respond to emails, update the business website, undertake payroll and other business related finance roles on the computer.
    Some horse businesses also make use of social media to build their online presence, manage a client mailing list and other computer related tasks.
  • Horse website designer – knowing horses and what makes a good horse image (like someone leading a horse from the left hand side or a horse cantering on the correct lead) can be beneficial to horse business owners.
    As a horse person with website design skills, you’ll be able to create an awesome website for a horse business.  Plus, you’ll know what information is relevant and what photos are technically correct for the industry.
5 Horse Careers that Utilise Computers | Equus Education

5 Horse Careers that Utilise Computers | Equus Education

  • Horse programmer – perhaps you desire to create a program for horse businesses to utilise, such as Rendaivu.  Or an online game that people can enjoy playing.  Either way, there is a market out there for programmers with horse knowledge.
  • Horse book authors – now arguably this one can be done the old fashioned way.  You can write your horse story onto paper.  But in time, the book will need to be created electronically.  In the self-published world that is available now, horse authors can ultimately utilise computers to write.  They are also valuable for proof reading, publishing and promoting their books!
  • Horse editor – there are many written pieces that provide education and entertainment to others, with a focus on horses.  Whoever has written them doesn’t necessarily have the skills to make sure the text has correct formatting, grammar (and even some facts!).  For the knowledgeable horse person with a good grasp of grammar and their language, editing jobs can come in many forms.  They could be pieces for books (fiction and non), magazines, journals, educational resources and even online courses.

So there you have it!  Five ideas relating to computers and horses 🙂

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Saddles for Women

There are some niche areas within the equine industry that I love having my eyes opened to.  One such is the focus area of saddles for women.  Perhaps like me, you consider saddles more to be for horses.  Yes, I know that bigger people may need a bigger saddle to sit in – much like a larger framed horse needs a larger saddle to encompass its frame.  But I genuinely hadn’t considered the idea of saddles being specific to the rider’s gender.  That is, not until I was introduced to Jochen and Sabine Schleese.

Schleese Specialise in Saddles for Women | Equus Education

Schleese Specialise in Saddles for Women | Equus Education

Now these two – and their staff – are incredibly passionate about educating the horse industry on correct saddle fit.  This is both for horse and rider.  I am currently reading Suffering in Silence and Jochen goes to incredible lengths to explain why a saddle needs to fit properly.  This is to the benefit of both horse and rider.

Saddles for Women

When you take into consideration the physical anatomy of a male and female, they are somewhat different.  This affects their posture and how they sit in the saddle.  Consequently, different saddles are advised for each of the sexes, to allow them to achieve the most correct riding position and to best benefit the horse.  Schleese have created saddles specifically for women to use in their riding careers and overall riding life.  They label themselves as the female saddle fit specialist.

If you have a desire to spend many hours in the saddle – whether for pleasure or competition – I encourage you to consider the value of saddle fit for yourself and your horse.  And if you’re a female, do the research and find out what is different about these saddles designed specifically for the female gender.  You may learn a thing or two and improve your riding position ability whilst you’re at it!

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The Vetted Cowboy by Cherie Ullman

Recently I downloaded a copy of the Vetted Cowboy for free on Kindle.  It focuses on the lives of newly qualified veterinarian Riley Shaw and Jeremy Quinn, a reining champion establishing his training career.  The attraction is instant for Riley, in spite of Jeremy being difficult about such a young female treating his prize horse.  Still, she is quick to confide in her best friend Vanessa how much of jerk he was – both as a client and as a male in general when she was called out to his farm for a case of colic.

The Vetted Cowboy by C.L. Ullman | Equus Education

The Vetted Cowboy by C.L. Ullman | Equus Education

Jeremy is impressed by the vet’s spunk and makes it known he finds her attractive.  As a good looking, successful male in the horse industry, he has no qualms about his own appeal.  With a chance meeting outside of work, Jeremy finds the vet to be even more appealing – and concludes there may be a spark for her too.

With Congress looming on the horizon, both know they need to focus on their careers.  Jeremy has a prize gelding that he anticipates doing well, not to mention students he is training and other horses under his care.  Riley is a vet on call for the large horse event and knows she needs to stay focused and build her clientele.

Still, the two find themselves drawn together and can’t keep away.  It’s noticeable to everyone, including Jeremy’s overtly jealous ex-girlfriend.  When Nina finds a way to undermine the newly established couple, she takes it.  As someone who has no family, Riley is hesitant to let herself get attached to the attractive horse rider and trainer.  So when something occurs that has her questioning his intentions toward her, she concludes it is easier to shut down.

Jeremy is hurt that the young woman would take an ex-girlfriend’s word over his own.  When he confronts the vet about her actions, her acknowledgement that she was wrong isn’t enough.  Running on pride he shuts the door on their potential relationship.

It isn’t until Riley has a work related accident that Jeremy questions if he can manage without the vet he’s come to love.  The Vetted Cowboy is an entertaining romance.  It’s definitely a book for adults, with some overt descriptions when it comes to the physical side of their relationship.  The quarter horse world is touched on briefly although I would love a more in depth exploration of it!  The story ends well.

Author – C.L. Ullman
Fiction – adult
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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Equestrian Entries for the New Zealand Horse Rider

Whilst learning about the Equidays event in New Zealand recently I found myself then guided to the Equestrian Entries website.  I had no idea that there was an online resource for horse riders in New Zealand!  Equestrian Entries provides details on horse competitions around New Zealand.

Equestrian Entries is a Great Online Resource for NZ Riders | Equus Education

Equestrian Entries is a Great Online Resource for NZ Riders | Equus Education

You can register to be able to make use of this online resource that allows you to look at events in New Zealand.  You can also view your entries into said competitions and the results.  Wonderful!  To register you’ll need an ESNZ Registration number.

Equestrian Entries for Horse Riders

I love the concept of this site.  Now I may be ignorant and perhaps there are such sites for Australia, the UK and US, too!  But I love that there is one place you can go to find out about national horse competitions, register in these events and in time, see the results.  For each event, you can see:

  • start and closing dates of the event
  • the discipline/s covered
  • the location of the show

You can even view location details on GoogleMaps, check out the schedule and enter yourself into the event.  Wonderful!  So if you’re a rider in New Zealand, be sure to make use of this incredible resource!  And if you’re located elsewhere, why not do a search to see if there’s something similar you can utilise?  And if there isn’t… maybe this is an area for someone to step in and create one 😉

“There is a lot of folklore about equestrian statues, especially the ones with riders on them. There is said to be a code in the number and placement of the horse’s hooves: …four legs in the air means that the sculptor was very, very clever. Five legs in the air means that there’s probably at least one other horse standing behind the horse you’re looking at; and the rider lying on the ground with his horse lying on top of him with all four legs in the air means that the rider was either a very incompetent horseman or owned a very bad-tempered horse.” ― Terry Pratchett

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Equidays in New Zealand

Equidays is an Equestrian Event in New Zealand | Equus Education

Equidays is an Equestrian Event in New Zealand | Equus Education

Recently I saw reference to Derriere Equestrian having had a successful time at Equidays in New Zealand.  Curious I checked out the event to find out what it was exactly.  Maybe you’re familiar with Australia’s Equitana or you know about other horse events around the world.  Well here’s another one to add to your calendars!

It’s too late for 2017, seeing as the event was run over October.  But if ever you’re planning a visit to New Zealand, perhaps you’d like to time it with the running of Equidays.  This event has an equestrian focus in particular.  As it says on their site:

“Equidays is New Zealand’s premier equine event, featuring three-plus days of exciting equestrian action.  With over 40 hours of clinics each day, elite competitions, three night shows and over 200 exhibitors, Equidays is a must for equine enthusiasts everywhere.

The four pillars of Equidays – educate, equip, empower and entertain – come together to bring you the very best in equestrian.”

The show features clinicians, dressage, show jumping and night shows.  So if you’re an equestrian fanatic, it may be worth checking out future Equidays events!  You can keep up to date on their events via Facebook  You may also be interested to know there is a South Island Edition.

Equidays Equestrian Event

If like me you love a horse event for the ability to add to your resume, then you’ll be pleased to know that they take volunteers.  The submission forms are currently closed off as the 2017 event has just happened.  You can keep it in mind for future events, however!

For those who are looking for accommodation for the event, they may be pleased to know that camping is available on site!  This may help to keep the travelling budget low 😉  Planning a trip to NZ in the next couple of years?  Why not try to date it around an Equidays event?

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The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The sixth book in the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales short stories for children is titled the Wooden Pony.  In this story, young Thomas longs for fields of green that to him depict freedom.  Although he loves watching his father work in his carpentry shop, he struggles with envy.  The beautiful toys, instruments and other items are carefully crafted and then sold to someone else.

The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Wooden Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Thomas has no doubt it will be the same for the wooden horse that his father is making.  As the pony starts to take shape, he also comes to life.  Thomas is amazed to find he has a new friend – a talking wooden pony!  As he grows closer to the pony, his father continues to work on him.  Eyes are added so he can see; legs are carved so he can move.

And as he continues to take shape, Thomas’ friendship deepens and he is able to enjoy doing more with the pony.  But he is aware that his time of friendship is running out.  As Thomas describes the world around them to the pony, the topic of ownership comes up.  The pony is saddened to find that he will be sold and owned by someone else.  Thomas is devastated.

The Wooden Pony is a delightful story of magic and deep friendship.  As Thomas’ friendship deepens, he learns more about the pony.  This leads him to naming the pony.  Once his name is carved onto the hindquarters, Thomas knows that he will be complete.  Although he dreads this day, he can’t help but name the pony for the freedom they both desire.  Little does Thomas know that his hearts desire is that of his parents, too.  This is a short, delightful read with a wonderful ending.

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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The Farm Army and Equine Volunteer Work

I often listen to Vision Radio and hear an advert that looks for agricultural volunteers.  The Farm Army has been created to help Australian farmers in many varying capacities.  The idea is that people with skills, enthusiasm and time can come along and help out on farms in areas that they may be able to do so.

A contract fencer for example may be able to volunteer some time to help a particular farmer to setup a new fence line.  Someone who knows how to check and feed stock can farm sit for a week whilst the farm owners have some time off.  It’s hay season and extra pairs of hands to stack bales of hay in exchange for a meal are welcomed.  A knowledgeable horse person is needed to feed stock and keep an eye on pregnant mares.  I love this concept!  So why not something similar that relates to equine volunteer work?

The Farm Army and Equine Volunteer Work | Equus Education

The Farm Army and Equine Volunteer Work | Equus Education

The Farm Army and Equine Volunteer Work

Firstly, there are some available jobs on Farm Army that do involve horses.  So if you’re an Aussie or thinking of visiting Australia for a spell, why not have a look at their website?  You can even sign up for notifications!

Secondly, any place where you can build up horse experience and skills can be great for your resume!  Plus volunteering to be available is a networking opportunity that can also land you paid work in time.  So if you are in Australia, make note of this site for potential holidays/chances to do something horsey!

And if you’re not, consider the concept and how it may be applied in your local area.  What if there was a website that focused on horse properties that needed volunteers?  This could be in exchange for a meal and somewhere to sleep.  Sounds pretty appealing to me!  Perhaps you’re the person to setup such an initiative!

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4 Horse Careers that Need Maths

Perhaps you have a passion for horses and you’re struggling with a mathematical subject at school.  You question how this topic is relevant to your future career with horses.  Or maybe you love maths and you want to be able to use it with your passion for horses.

You can do so to generate a viable career.  Let’s consider some horse careers that need maths for you to be successful in them.

  • Nutritionists – when it comes to determining what to feed horses there are many math skills required.  Working out the perfect feed for a class of horse – say broodmares that are pregnant – means knowing the correct calcium to phosphorus ratio balance in feeds.
    Various percentages of vitamins, minerals and protein are also needed.  And then of course, knowing how many kilograms of this balanced feed to give to horses based on their body weight is necessary.  There is a lot of measuring involved in developing appropriate feeds and then measuring these out for horses.
  • Equine nurses – these people are often involved in administering various medications to sick and recovering horses.  Knowing how to measure out medicines in millilitres is important.  Also, how to mix up medicines in set amounts of water, how to create the right amount of formula for orphan foals over hourly or bihourly basis are all examples of needing to use maths.
    Measurements, weights and timetables all involve making use of maths to care for horses.
4 Horse Careers that Need Maths | Equus Education

4 Horse Careers that Need Maths | Equus Education

  • Veterinarians also need to know about medicine administration.  On top of this, they need to be aware of the daily cycles of mares and stallions.  To know how to measure follicles and other masses on ultrasounds and also how to weigh animals and interpret graphs and tables.
  • Horse business finances – many horse businesses hire someone who is financially savvy to handle this side of their business.  How wonderful to have a horse person who is also in the know on mathematical procedures!
    Like how to balance books, organise payroll and manage tax details!  These all require mathematical skills and knowledge.

Whether it’s measuring out supplements, feeds or medications, determining pay for equine staff, determining a mare’s due date or when she should next be bred, maths plays a vital role in horse care and management.  You can’t overvalue this skill!

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The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

What I really love about the books by Angharad Thompson Rees is the imagination involved – as well as the horses!  She writes in a beautifully descriptive way that I am sure children will love.  This is true of previous books I have read by her.  It is also true of The Desert Pony, a short story for young horse fans.

The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

The Desert Pony by Angharad Thompson Rees

Young Hannan lives a lonely life.  As the only son of his parents, his life takes a devastating turn when his mother becomes ill.  In search of a cure, his parents leave seeking a mystical lake in the middle of the desert.  Hannan is left in the care of his grandmother.  Sadly, she in time passes on, leaving the young boy all alone – except for the goats that he tends to.

His life moves in cycles of travelling with his goats, seeking good grazing.  When they are fat enough he sells them at market, buys some more goats – and grain to feed them alongside the grass – and off he goes to do it all again.  A chance meeting with a strange old man suddenly turns the direction of Hannan’s life.  The young boy finds himself on an unplanned adventure, without goats but now in possession of a rather unusual pony.

And it is this unusual pony – and his unique sense of humour and incredible talents – that help Hannan to seek that which he has lost: his beloved parents.  The Desert Pony is a wonderfully imaginative tale.  Angharad Thompson Rees has woven in some delightful riddles into the story and a touch of humour.  The theme of focusing on the thing you want most, rather than trying to have it all is a good one for young – and older readers alike – to learn.  This is another short tale in the Magical Adventures and Pony Tales series that is highly recommended.

Author – Angharad Thompson Rees
Fiction – children
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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International Society for Equitation Science

The International Society for Equitation Science is Holding a Conference in Australia in November

The International Society for Equitation Science is Holding a Conference in Australia in November

I’m rapt to be able to catch up with a friend next month as she’s visiting Australia.  She lives in France and we met whilst studying at the Irish National Stud!  Now many years later she is attending the Equitation Science Conference.  This is held by the International Society for Equitation Science.  It will be in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales from November 22 – 25 of 2017.

I thought I would head along to the ISES website to find out a little more about this non profit.

As it says on their about page:

“The idea of founding a society devoted to Equitation Science had first been raised during discussions at the Havemeyer Foundation Workshop on Horse Behavior and Welfare in Iceland in 2002. The following year, a satellite meeting on horse welfare was held at the International Society for Applied Ethology Congress in Italy. In 2004, the first workshop, solely devoted to Equitation Science was held at the Veterinary School of the University of Edinburgh.

As a direct result of the growing interest in Equitation Science, the 1st symposium was launched at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) in 2005, where 8 peer-reviewed scientific papers were presented. The 2nd Equitation Science symposium (2006) was hosted by the Veterinary Faculty of Milano (Italy) with 16 peer-reviewed papers, 11 posters and practical demonstrations held at the Stable Rosenthal (Carpiano).

In August 2007, the 3rd symposium took place at Michigan State University, USA. This was a historic event for ISES as the Society was founded and the first general meeting held. The Symposia were then transformed to conferences.

The 4th conference, ISES Dublin 2008, took place at the Royal Dublin Society (Ireland), attracting 100 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts.

The following 5th conference at Sydney University in Australia tackled some highly topical issues.  Including the sustainability of horse sports and the concept of ethical equitation, including contributions from 200 delegates representing 15 countries.”

The science behind how we use horses, communicate with them and respond to their welfare needs is an interesting one.  As horses come into higher demand for entertainment and sports, it’s an area that I am sure will grow.  Interested as a practitioner in your particular field?  You can sign up for membership and benefit from future research projects and conferences.  There are even research funding opportunities and student travel grants available – cool!

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