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Learn about Horses by Kathy Mann

I recently downloaded Learn about Horses by Kathy Mann as a free download on Amazon.  This book is a quick and easy read with lovely coloured illustrations by Carol Berger to engage the younger reader.

Learn About Horses by Kathy Mann | Equus Education

Learn About Horses by Kathy Mann | Equus Education

The book starts with a reminder that horses can be dangerous animals.  If anyone is to ride them, they should seek the help of a professional to learn.  That covered, the book goes on to explain many simple concepts that need to be known by horse riders.  It talks about how horses come in different sizes and colours and how they are gregarious by nature.

Equipment to handle horses and manage them effectively is also explored.  Readers are treated to illustrations of a halter and lead rope.  They are also shown how to put it on and where to lead the horse from.  Clean stables and appropriate fencing is also covered.  This is followed by information about what horses eat and drink as well as who tends to their physical health needs.  Brushes used to groom them are illustrated and the bridle and saddle are explained with various points identified.

The statements in Learn about Horses are short and simple, easy to understand and also remember.  They are also backed up with an appropriate illustration.  This further helps young readers to comprehend the point being made.

Learn about Horses is a simple and effective read, written at an appropriate level for young horse fans.  This non fiction read would be a valuable addition to the collection for the young enthusiastic horse lover.

Author – Kathy Mann
Non Fiction – children’s
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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Win Your Equinology Course Free

I recently got an email from Equinology that outlined their 2018 courses being available online for enrolment.  On top of this, they have a promotion going titled Win Your Equinology Course Free.  Now I’m assuming you’re like me and can’t pass up a free horse course?  I love to learn new things, especially when it’s not costing me!

Curious to know how you could win your Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification or Equine Owners course, free?  Head along to this link.

Some info on the linked page includes:

The Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Giveaway
Enrol in ANY of our scheduled 2018 Equinology® Equine Body Worker Certification Courses in Australia and New Zealand (there are three of them: February NZ, March AU, September AU) between 23.11.17 and 23.12.17 and receive:
Your EQ50 Equine Anatomy PreCourse Study FREE – Valued at $125 AUD / $140 NZD.; and

Go in the draw to win your course fees FREE. It’s sort of like a scholarship but without the hard work. It’s sheer luck. Yes you read that correctly. This prize is valued at $3,595 AUD /$3,995 NZD + your EQ50 ($125 AUD / $140 NZD);

*It is worth noting, this competition is open to people undertaking courses in Australia or New Zealand.

Win Your Equinology Course Free | Equus Education

Win Your Equinology Course Free | Equus Education

Win Your Equinology Course Free

Perhaps you’re interested in further study options for 2018.  Well you can undertake many different Equinology courses.  You can choose between online courses run at your own pace, short immersive sessions or professional qualifications with field work as a part of them.

Topics include anatomy, equine spinal dysfunction and biomechanics.  Head along to https://www.equinebodywork.com.au/2017-courses to find out more. 2018 dates are listed beside each possible course.

If you’re planning to further your education next year – and maybe even start a career – look into these courses!  They are specifically for those who want to do hands on work with horses and their anatomy system.

HECS for Horse Educational Courses

I live in a wonderful country.  In Australia it is possible to receive funding from the government to undertake further education outside of high school.  This is known as HECS – the higher education contribution scheme.  It is also possible to receive VET Fee-Help, finances for Vocational Education and Training.  Recently I was thinking about a worldwide setup for HECS for Horse Educational Courses (or HECS for HECs).

You have to be deemed eligible for HECS – it isn’t just open to anyone.  Firstly you have to be an Australian citizen.  Secondly there are parameters around how much you earn or your parents – depending on whether you live at home or are independent to your family.

HECS for Horse Educational Courses - would you Study Horses if Someone Footed the Bill Initially? | Equus Education

HECS for Horse Educational Courses – would you Study Horses if Someone Footed the Bill Initially? | Equus Education

I started my Bachelor of Equine Science as a stud hand and gained HECS.  I worked full time and studied part time.  That said, each of my subjects cost over $1,000 to undertake and I needed to complete 24 of them.  Do the maths!  Getting the education without it costing me helped a lot.  Better yet, I don’t have to pay back the money loaned to me until I earn over a certain amount annually.  The general idea is that you undertake education you couldn’t afford.  And from this, you gain a job because of your higher education that can help you to earn more.  Then you’re able to pay back what was loaned to you on an educational scheme.

When I undertook my Diploma of Horse Breeding straight out of high school, the course cost $1400 for the two years.  These days after government changes, undertaking a diploma costs close to ten times this much.  You may as well do a degree when considering cost!

There are some horse careers that you need to be qualified to undertake – a veterinarian, horse dentist, racehorse trainer and strapper are some examples.  Others aren’t compulsory, but it is better to the horses and the person involved if they are qualified!  Consider other horse trainers, farriers, instructors, massage therapists and eventers.

HECS for Horse Educational Courses

If you had someone to cover the cost of your further horse education, would you be inclined to undertake a course?  Whether it’s at certificate level or degree level, what if you could be given a loan to study horses?  Would this help you to break into the equine field and then go on to gain employment and be able to pay back the loan you received?

I can picture HECS for Horse Educational Courses being funded by some big people in the horse industry.  Perhaps those who have had the opportunity to be educated or those who offer horse courses themselves.  Or maybe large earners in the industry that are celebrities in the equine industry.  Racehorse trainers, big breeders, top riders or a myriad of others that are successful in a career with horses!

I am sure this is an initiative that could encourage further education in our wonderful equine industry.  On top of this, it’ll help workers to be better informed with regards to horses in their particular field of interest.  This in turn will positively impact how horses are managed.

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Sweet Pony Dreams: Adventures of Lulu and Bug (Camping Fun!)

Recent free downloads on Amazon included three different books by L.B. Shively.  Two of these were from the Sweet Pony Dreams: Adventures of Lulu and Bug series for children.  The third book in the series focuses on Lulu and her beloved pony, Bug.

Sweet Pony Dreams: Adventures of Lulu and Bug #3 by L.B. Shively

Sweet Pony Dreams: Adventures of Lulu and Bug #3 by L.B. Shively

Bug is a stuffed toy that Lulu sleeps with at night.  Together they travel to the land of dreams and go on many adventures.  In this particular story, Lulu travels with Bug to do some camping.  She is rapt to find that around the campfire are two of her favourite people – her grandmother and grandfather.

Lulu awakens from her wonderful dream and tells her mother all about her adventures.  After breakfast she heads off to school.  The students have been promised a reward of going to the local pool once they’ve finished their tests.  Lulu takes Bug along with her and finds a kindred spirit on the bus.  Another young girl named Misty loves ponies, too.  The two girls quickly decide to be friends.

Whilst at the pool, Lulu spies local bully Willie and decides to ignore him.  That is easy until he gets a hold of Bug and holds her out over the water.  Lulu is livid.  A silly prank soon turns into a dangerous afternoon at the pool.

Sweet Pony Dreams: Adventures of Lulu and Bug #3

This is a lovely short read for the younger horse lover.  It focuses on the bond people can have with horses whilst also teaching about doing the right thing.  When Lulu could have gotten angry at Willie for being mean to her, she instead chose to act quickly to save him.  The story is a lovely one.  One issue I had was inconsistent tenses within the story.  It switched between past and present tense regularly.

Author – L.B. Shively
Fiction – children’s
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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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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