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Light Hands Equitation with Steve Halfpenny

I recently came across Steve Halfpenny’s site, Light Hands Equitation. I signed up to his email list late last year.  This was to be able to gain access to some of his resources for free. You can find details on that and many others on the Equus Education Free Horse Resources board on Pinterest. Do a search for light hands equitation, as it’s toward the end of the pins on this board.

Steve is able to make use of technology to teach people around the world, from his home in South Australia. A recent article highlighted the course that Steve offers. It stated that he had developed:

“a six week online program that showed the process from start to finish of how to develop your horsemanship using ‘Light Hands Equitation’ methods to bring on a horse in a relaxed, soft, light and sympathetic manner.”

This is now known as the Light Hands Equitation six week masterclass. There is also a monthly membership that students can make use of.  In this way they have consistent access to Steve and his teachings. For those keen to make use of this, it states in a recent article:

Light Hands Equitation Focuses on being a Sensitive Rider

Light Hands Equitation Focuses on being a Sensitive Rider

“From now until Jan 30th 2017, you can enjoy your first month’s access to Steve’s monthly membership program for just $1 using this coupon code: ONEDOLLAR.”

This is another example of being able to make use of your knowledge and skills with horses to bring in an income. With course fees and monthly memberships, it looks like it could even become a residual income earner.

Are you looking to improve your riding this year?  Then Steve’s Light Hands Equitation site may be just what you’re looking for.  Sign up today for the freebies and see what you think!

“When I hear somebody talk about a horse or cow being stupid; I figure it’s a sure sign that the animal has somehow outfoxed them” ― Tom Dorrance

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization

Whilst reading Jenifer Morrissey’s the Partnered Pony, reference was made to the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization. Otherwise known as ELPO, this is a non-profit organization. Their mission is:

‘to provide hoof care and equine care guidelines that are based upon research and the practical experiences of successful equine care professionals from around the world.’

As it states on the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization website, they consider themselves a community.

‘Welcome to a Community that is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of lameness in horses. This social network was designed to be a place where horse owners, horse enthusiasts and equine professionals can go to get help, offer assistance to others, exchange ideas, and socialize about the health & soundness of their equine companions.’

Would you Make use of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization?

Would you Make use of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization?

I love this concept! How wonderful to have a place online where people can meet, discuss ideas or raise concerns. They can help each other to learn to be better stewards of the animals in their care. In particular, in the area of hoof care.

You can become a member of ELPO for a fee. The result is that you help to fund evidence based studies as well as gain access to videos, articles, blogs and discussion forums to help aid your learning.

For those interested in ELPO events, there is an event calendar on the site. This includes details on barefoot trimming courses, as well as courses in identifying lameness and gaining certification. The education page also provides some .pdf resources for those who are after some more reading!

For those who are interested in learning more about how to care for their horses feet, check out ELPO. If you’re pursuing farriery as a horse career, then be sure to look at the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, too!

“He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.” ― Mark Helprin

Horse Book Interactive Site

I have recently come across FictFact whilst looking up an equine author. It looks like an interesting tool and my books are in the process of being added. Whilst browsing, once again I got to thinking… there are a few different sites that allow for your love of books to be interactive and public – Goodreads and LibraryThing come to mind. So why not a horse book interactive site?

It seems that FictFact provides details in particular on book series. In this way, you can keep up to date on new releases in series from authors. You can also make sure you’re reading the series in book order.

Great idea! I love that Goodreads allows you to track your progress as you read a book. Opportunities to read and review on Goodreads and Librarything are appealing, too.

Horse Book Interactive Site

A Horse Book Interactive Site could Benefit Horse Authors and Readers

A Horse Book Interactive Site could Benefit Horse Authors and Readers

FictFact makes their money through affiliate sales on Amazon as well as donations via PayPal. For the horse book enthusiast, I am sure a horse book interactive site could be set up and earn an income in time. Things to include could cover:

  • Ability to rate horse books
  • Chance to follow authors and book series
  • Links to be able to buy horse books
  • Chances to vote on best horse books and covers
  • Interviews with horse book authors

Really, what is included is down to the programming capabilities of the creator/s and their imagination!  This is a potential residual income earner, too.

A horse book interactive site I believe could become as popular as Goodreads with horse fans. And when it comes to horse authors, I am sure they would also love such a set up to promote their works.

“From horses we may learn not only about the horse itself but also about animals in general, indeed about ourselves and about life as a whole.” ― George Gaylord Simpson

Horses and Logging

As I read through Jenifer Morrissey’s the Partnered Pony book, I have had my eyes opened to yet another horse business opportunity.  Horses and logging! One particular statement caught my eye:

And of course I have used my Fjord and my Shetland-Welsh cross for forest work in our logging business.

Although I have read a few novels on Kindle lately that reference the logging industry, I hadn’t really considered this as a horse domain. And yet a quick search online shows that horses are still a favourite for carrying out logging work.

In a world where we want to do things efficiently, horses are appealing.  When there is a focus on sustainability and doing things green, horses too are appealing.

Horses and Logging: Draft Horses have Many Uses

Horses and Logging: Draft Horses have Many Uses

Many reasons are put forward for the benefits of utilising horses over machines to carry out logging:

  • They make less of a negative impact on the area
  • They utilise environmentally friendly ‘fuel’ in the form of hay and grain and release a lot less gasses to be concerned about
  • They can be cheaper to run
  • Horses are easier to navigate around such an environment

Check out an interesting fact sheet put together by the University of Kentucky about the benefits of using horses for logging.  Note that it seems to be detailing information collected from 1996, however.

There are also a heap of logging resources found on the Rural Heritage website. Details are provided of teams for sale.  And there are even apprenticeships that knowledgeable draft people can undertake in the area of farming.

Perhaps you have a love for draft breeds and so the idea of horses and logging appeals to you.  Maybe your fascination lies in pine and how logging is carried out.  Or maybe you’d love to breed horses that can be utilised in the logging industry.  Whatever your focus, it seems to me that there are plenty of opportunities for horse fans to consider the logging industry as a possible area to work.

Equine Veterinarians Australia

Equine Veterinarians Australia - would it Benefit Your Career?

Equine Veterinarians Australia – would it Benefit Your Career?

Perhaps you’re aspiring to get into a particular field or you’re already in it.  Either way, it’s important to know about associations that can assist you.  This may be in the form of learning new skills or facts.  Or perhaps it’s in updating your qualification and also networking in the industry.  Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) is one such organisation.  It should be of interest to aspiring veterinarians within Australia!

Equine Veterinarians Australia offers many benefits.  As it states on their site:

Equine Veterinarians Australia (EVA) is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the premier provider of continuing professional development for equine veterinarians in Australia.
With an emphasis on providing the support members need to remain at the forefront of equine veterinary medicine, EVA also represents the interests of members to governments and equine industry groups.
EVA maintains strong links with both equine organisations and horse owners. An important role for EVA is providing both advice and information to the people who care for horses to ensure that Australian horses enjoy the best possible health and welfare.

It should interest you as you pursue a particular equine career, to find such associations.  They can greatly benefit your learning, networking and also provide other opportunities.

Equine Veterinarians Australia

The EVA provides lectures to increase your knowledge.  They also offer the opportunity to be listed as a vet online.  There is also information regarding the Bain Fallon Memorial lectures.  These offer a week of world class equine veterinary continuing education.

For those who may be interested in the Bain Fallon Memorial event in 2017, which is held in July, there are scholarship opportunities.  Applications open in February of 2017.  The scholarship offers a spectacular chance for those wanting to network in both the veterinarian industry within Australia and with international veterinarians.

“I don’t like people,” said Velvet. “… I only like horses.” ― Enid Bagnold,

The Guide Horse Foundation

I was fascinated to learn about the idea of a guide horse foundation! Many people are familiar with the works of guide dogs, but perhaps less so that there are horses that also fill this role. Or perhaps I should say, miniature horses!

The mission of the guide horse foundation is:

…to provide a safe, cost-effective and reliable mobility alternative for visually impaired people. The Guide Horse Foundation is committed to delivering Guide Horses at no cost to the blind, relying on un-paid volunteers and charitable donations to pay all travel and housing expenses for the blind handler’s on-site training.

Miniature Horses are Working Well for the Guide Horse Foundation

Miniature Horses are Working Well for the Guide Horse Foundation

Founded back in 1999, the Guide Horse Foundation was initially an experimental program. The idea was to assess whether or not miniature horses could be used as assistance animals to those who are visually impaired.

For those who need an animal to assist them, it is great to know there is an alternative. Perhaps for the visually impaired person who also happens to be a horse lover. Or perhaps for the blind person who is allergic to dogs. The fact that horses live longer than dogs has also been listed as a reason why they may be chosen over dogs as a guide.

According to the Guide Horse Foundation website, 27% of people surveyed internationally indicated that they would choose a Guide Horse if they were in need of such assistance.

For those who love the idea of training horses, perhaps this niche area pulls at you! Taking on the training of miniature horses can benefit the local community.  It’s a great chance to train horses to go on and do something extraordinary for others in need. You can train horses but also be helping people who are visually impaired. What a great cause!

‘Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.’ ― Toni Robinson

Cheval Amour – Equestrian Clothing

It’s great to see all the different brands out there that are making a name for themselves in the world of equestrian clothing! Have you heard of Cheval Amour? According to their website:

Founder Lisa Kelly Simmons, a lifelong Equestrian, started Cheval Amour in 2011. The inaugural collection quickly confirmed that Equestrian’s appreciate unique, elegant, long-lasting and easy care clothing. Cheval Amour’s timeless and durable ‘barn to bistro’ designs soon became closet favorites well beyond the Equestrian circle.

Have you Found an Equestrian Brand you Like? Check out Cheval Amour.

Have you Found an Equestrian Brand you Like? Check out Cheval Amour.

Perhaps it’s a true sign of success when even non horsey people are keen to buy and wear your clothes!   What I find interesting about this line of clothes is that you are encouraged to contact them about creating your own small run of custom designs!  Otherwise you can shop through their male apparel, female apparel and limited stock.

It’s surely a great thing to find an equestrian line of clothes.  Usually they are designed by horse people.  So they are comfortable, good to work with the horse (or horses) in and they are stylish.

Cheval Amour Equestrian Clothing

You may also be interested to know that you can sign up on their website for updates.  This keeps you informed on new releases as well as the latest sales details.  As an added bonus, for those shopping in the United States, free shipping is on offer.  Looking for a new equestrian brand to try out?  Cheval Amour, named literally for horse love may be for you.

“Why do you like show jumping?”
“… Beauty and excitement. The elements of trust, talent, training, love, and danger make show jumping a thrilling and aesthetic experience. It’s really the ultimate test of two nervous systems–the kinetic transfer of the rider’s muscle to the horse’s muscle enables them to clear those jumps. And there’s nothing like it–horse and rider forming an arc of beauty, efficiency, and power, like a double helix.” ― Ainslie Sheridan

Equine Thermography as a Career

There are many different tools out there now that we can use to help assess a horse’s health. Interested in the idea of infrared thermography for horses?  Then equine thermography may be of interest to you!

Equitherm, which focuses on treatment that is more than skin deep, was established in 2004. They are listed as the leading consultants in equine infrared thermography.  They also offer training courses related to equine thermography as well as a consulting service.

Equitherm boast over 700 students from around the world, including vets from the Federation Equestre International. They also provide a list of licensed equitherm thermographers in Australia, many places across the United Kingdom and in Italy. In this way, it is easy for people to locate someone near to them who may be able to provide the service for their horses.

Equine Thermography as a Career

Perhaps you are wondering if you can get qualified and turn this training into a career.  Well, there is a page that explores the application of equine thermography. Online training in the form of an industry standard qualification, allows students to study at their own pace.  Upon completion they will gain a “Vocational Qualification within the Equestrian Performance Industry.”

Could Equine Thermography help Your Horse?

Could Equine Thermography help Your Horse?

Whether horses are used recreationally or to bring in income, many horse owners will look into the best possible care for their equine friends. Consequently, equine thermography can be of benefit to horse owners and trainers. It can be used as “a monitoring tool for recovery of the injured dressage horse.”

The idea is that equine infrared thermography can provide evidence of an injury having healed.  And with this knowledge, the horse can return to work at an appropriate level. For those who are interested in this area, they can undertake a course to learn to read what the technology is showing in the horse’s system.

Equine Permaculture

We live in a world that has exhaustible resources. Consequently, the concept of sustainable living is important to many and more commonly being put into practice. Even in the horse world there is a focus on equine permaculture. Many of you may be familiar with the initiatie, Equiculture – a business that focuses on equine sustainable living.

Equine Permaculture is Growing a Following

Equine Permaculture is Growing a Following

I have recently come across another horse related initiative that focuses on this. Equine Permaculture has a tagline of:

Responsible horse keeping and sustainable living via permaculture.

For those who aren’t familiar with the word permaculture, it is a combination of two words – permanent and agriculture. The idea is that people give conscious thought to the design of agriculture so that it is created and managed in a way that is diverse, stable and has “resilient natural ecosystems.” The idea is that people work with nature, not against it.

Equine Permaculture

How does permaculture help the horse owner? Well it helps in particular the soil that grows the plants and grasses our horses like to eat! It’s about restoring soil to the best quality it can be, so that things grow well. This helps the horse owner to cut down on feed costs and for our horses to live as naturally as possible.

For those who are able to help manage the land their horses are on, it is worth learning about equine permaculture! There is a lot that can be done proactively to improve a property and therefore make it more productive – and appealing – for horses. Take a look at the equine permaculture website and get reading! There is a wealth of information to help you learn more.

If this particular topic is of interest to you, then you may find reading and studying of benefit. From here it is definitely possible to look into educating others – and turning it into a horse related career.


Horse Applications

I recently saved a pin that focused on the best horse applications (horse apps). In fact, it was this horse application pin that first led me to the Frugal Horsewoman’s website. Amongst all the applications that are available out there for use, many are free and others need to be paid for.

This is perhaps another area that can be entertained for those wanting to start up their own business. I see two potential options:

  1.  You develop and sell your own horse applications. This can be a great way to establish a passive income online. You create the app (or apps) and sell them for a small fee. Assuming they’re of great benefit to the horse community, you should find that you are consistently making sales.
  2. Another way to go about this is to source already established horse applications that are selling well. Contact the creators/owners and work out some sort of a commission deal with them. If you establish yourself online as the place to go for horse applications, then in time people will be approaching you about selling their product! You provide the platform, charge a commission and each time a sale of someone else’s horse app is made, you benefit financially, too!
Horse Applications: do you have an Idea that Others Would Embrace?

Horse Applications: do you have an Idea that Others Would Embrace?

Horse Applications

There are many, many different horse products that can be created and sold online. The most appeal to me are those that require the work once and then can be sold many times over. The idea of a horse passive income is just so appealing! If it is for you too, then consider the idea of creating a horse app or two.

Brainstorm what tools you feel horse owners, riders, trainers and breeders could most benefit from. Then think about how you could develop this into an application and make it available for purchase. Horse apps could be your horse business!

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