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Inspiritus Equine, Inc

Inspiritus Equine, Inc | Equus Education

Inspiritus Equine, Inc | Equus Education

Inspiritus Equine, Inc looks at integrated soundness solutions for the horse.  I was made aware of this site when reading Suffering in Silence.  I love the fact that there are businesses like this.  As it states on the Inspiritus Equine site, various healing methods from both Eastern and Western medicine are utilised to diagnose lameness in a horse.

Dr. Robson is able to provide insight from the veterinary chiropractic side of things as well as veterinary acupuncture.  Saddle-fit evaluations and infrared thermography are also offered.  The list is topped off by the availability of Chinese and also western herbal medicine.

On top of all these different ways to look at a horse’s well being and assess potential lameness issues, Dr. Robson also boasts helping to educate horse owners and treating the affected horse/s compassionately.

Inspiritus Equine, Inc

Most people will recognise that one person can’t do everything.  But when you have a network of capable equine professionals, much more is possible.  As it states on the Inspiritus Equine, Inc site:

“Inspiritus Equine, Inc. unites the best healing methods from both Eastern and Western Veterinary Medicine, with top industry professionals in farriery, saddlery, thermography, and classical foundation training, to create an integrated, sound equine body and mind.  Inspiritus Equine, Inc. provides a unique approach to your horse’s well-being. Dr. Robson evaluates each patient as a whole horse and emphasizes client education while providing invaluable resources.”

I have touched on the niche idea of a veterinarian with a farriery focus before.  This particular incorporation seems to take the idea of combining niches to a whole new level.  When you have access to a professional who is able to be educated in various fields, this can greatly benefit your horse.  And if they make use of other professionals in various areas, this too is a plus.

“There are strong similarities in the way horses and those with autism see the world. Horses are often born into an environment they don’t understand, with overwhelming sights, sounds, and smells, and a sense that no one understands them. And when they see someone with autism, who has much the same background, and who knows them, and knows what they need – there is a connection. Since the two share the same experiences, they both relax, and seem to talk and understand each other.”  – Valerie Ormond

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American Association of Professional Farriers

If you have a desire to go into farriery as a career, it’s worth knowing about your local association.  They can provide much in the way of business advice, educational training and even qualification details.  Not to mention promotion of your services, related farrier events and more.  The American Association of Professional Farriers has much to offer on their website.

I love that they have a Career Centre on their site.  It provides details on farrier schools, gaining a farriery qualification and even scholarships for the year that can be applied for.  If you want to start you career as a farrier in the US, this looks like the place to go!

There is also a mentoring program, by the looks of things.  If you have questions about farriery as a career, who better to go to then a mentor?  You can learn from someone who has already been there, done that!  You may be provided with insight that you wouldn’t otherwise gain.  Mentors can teach what not to do in particular situations and even give much needed encouragement.

The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education

The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education

Tools are a much needed aid in the world of trimming horses’ feet.  On the Professional Farriers website you’ll even find links to different farrier supply stores.  This can help you to determine what your ongoing costs will be and how this will affect what you charge clients.

I think the mission statement on their website sums things up nicely:

“The American Association of Professional Farriers will promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continuing education and support at the state, national and international levels while improving overall equine health through collaboration with other industry professionals.”

The American Association of Professional Farriers

Back in 2001, issues of certification, publications, continuing education, alliances and professional relations for farriers were raised in a meeting held in Georgetown, Kentucky.  This led to a decision to start building the American Association of Professional Farriers.  This also led to the creation the Canadian Association of Professional Farriers and the International Association of Professional Farriers.  All three are governed by the same Board of Directors.

As I’ve said before on Equus Education, if you know of an association that helps to build and promote the industry you plan to go into, be sure you make use of its resources and contacts!  They’re there to help you.

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Equine Research Projects

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with a friend whom I studied with at the Irish National Stud.  It’s hard to believe, but that was more than 10 years ago.  She now runs her own business Ethonova.  This French based business is involved in a lot of equine research projects related to equine welfare.

Claire talked with me of some of her current projects and there seemed to be a theme that caught my interest.  There are so many things we still don’t know about horses.  And there are many things we can do better or more efficiently.  Claire’s focus is on improving horse welfare.  She has clients who have product ideas to increase the ease with which horses are handled.  The focal point is often on improving welfare of the horse by decreasing stress in situations – such as with loading onto a dark, enclosed float/trailer.

Equine Research Projects | Equus Education

Equine Research Projects | Equus Education

Equine Research Projects

A lot of these projects need funding and support from universities so that the studies can be carried out.  Once a particular management aspect or product can be proven to improve results or a horse’s welfare, then funding can be sought to promote a particular product for sale and use within the industry.

Equine research projects can be a great way to gain backing and funding for a product idea that you may have.  Being able to work within an educational institution can help to ensure that the studies are carried out professionally.  Plus they are done in as short a timeframe as possible and you can gain funding to support the project.  If you have a research idea, it may be worth reaching out to your local equine institution.  See if you may be able to partner with them on an equine research project.

The Horse Dictionary

I am currently in the process of a collaborative project with some horse book authors.  Because we are from differing countries, we have varying terms that we use to describe horse related things.  Consider the grass area where you may house a horse – what do you call it?  A paddock?  Perhaps a field?  Maybe you keep them in pastures.  There are terms we may use that are unknown to readers of our information.  But what if there was a horse dictionary you could utilise to compare various horse terms?  Perhaps it could even identify a word such as paddock and then highlight what this may be known as in other countries.

The Horse Dictionary | Equus Education

The Horse Dictionary | Equus Education

The Horse Dictionary may need to be a collaborative project. This could be between people from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other English speaking countries.  Or perhaps it could be created by one person. But they have access to people in varying countries that can undertake a survey.

When it comes to creating horse information for others to read, it is important that we are able to communicate it in such a way that people understand.  I am aware as an Australian author that some terms I use are new to my readers. They are often in the United States and United Kingdom.  Although I feel it is good for them to be aware of different horse terms in other countries, I also explore different terms on my author website, explaining these concepts.

The Horse Dictionary

What if there was one place online that writers could go to as a reference point?  Perhaps they’re writing an informative article for the United States.  Or they want to promote a new horse welfare product for the United Kingdom.  Or maybe they’re to be doing a presentation of their horse services in New Zealand.  If they could adjust their terminology to match the country they’re presenting it in, how helpful would this resource be?

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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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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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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Science and Horses: 5 Horse Careers with a Science Background

Perhaps as you go through high school or even university, you question the value of scientific subjects.  There are some horse careers where it’s necessary for you to have a science background – even at degree level.  Let’s explore the idea of science and horses relating to careers:

  • Anthelmintics – horses suffer from worms; they can affect their digestive system and overall health as they steal nutrients meant for the horse to digest.
    To be able to educate people about the correct use of worming products or to help create these products often requires a science background.
  • Veterinarians – being able to effectively treat horses requires knowing a lot of science. You need to know about the horse’s respiratory system, reproductive system, urinary system, anatomy, physiology, and also nutrition.  The list goes on!
    This means being comfortable with biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
Science and Horses: 5 Horse Careers with a Science Background | Equus Education

Science and Horses: 5 Horse Careers with a Science Background | Equus Education

  • Reproductive technicians – whether you have a passion for mares, stallions, artificial insemination, reproductive technologies or live cover, it doesn’t matter!
    Science is important to know the reproductive physiology of the mare and stallion.  It’s also important to know about aspects in the mare’s pregnancy.  Plus, what can improve chances of conception and healthy pregnancies leading to a live foal.
  • Nutritionists – perhaps you want to advise people about the best horse feed types for their horse.  Or you want to develop a particular food product for horses.  Either way, science is imperative. Knowing what happens in the digestive system of the horse as well as how particular feeds can affect this comes down to biochemistry.
    Being able to develop a horse feed that has the right levels of vitamins and minerals that is palatable to the horse and easily consumed is also a question of biochemistry.  Knowing how to best produce and store hay also needs science!
  • Medicines and additives – if you want to create something that can heal, prevent or diminish an ailment in horses, science will be needed. This could be an oral medication, something to be injected or even a supplement given in feed.
    Knowing how it will get into the horse’s system and affect it will require knowledge of biochemistry and anatomy at least.

So here are five general career topics that show just how important science and horses are.  Science impacts on the areas of horse health and welfare, reproduction and nutrition.  Science is important to many horse careers!

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The Schleese AdapTree

I am currently reading Suffering in Silence by Jochen Schleese. I am learning a lot more about saddle fit and the implications for horse and rider if things aren’t correctly fitted! Nearly halfway through the book, there have been a few references to the AdapTree for saddles.

As it says on the Schleese website:

Caring from the inside out, the Schleese AdapTree® is the first tree which adapts to the horse’s bio-mechanical movements. Through the calculation and implication of the rider’s weight, the AdapTree® is fitted and infinitely adjustable at any time by one of our authorized Certified Saddle Fit Technicians or Saddle Ergonomists.

Do you have an AdapTree in Your Saddle? | Equus Education

Do you have an AdapTree in Your Saddle? | Equus Education

The AdapTree

The gullet plate within the tree of the saddle is adjustable. This means as your horse puts on muscle or loses tone around the withers, it can be adjusted to fit its shape.  This will also improve saddle fit, decreasing the chance of discomfort to the horse. The tree is made out of polyurethane which is flexible.  Schleese indicate on their site that this “provides complete freedom of motion and comfort, flexing with your horse’s lateral movement to improve connection and communication.”

Now this particular idea is new to me, but I believe an important concept in a saddle. The tree points tend to be forward facing in saddles. They often sit just above the shoulder blades, but if incorrectly fitted can restrict shoulder movement. In the AdapTree, the tree points are rear-facing, so that this doesn’t impact the shoulder blades in a negative way.

Another new idea to me highlighted in Suffering in Silence was that saddles are made by men, for men. Anatomically, they’re not correct for females and limit their chance to achieve the best position and centre of gravity whilst in the saddle. The middle of the AdapTree has a padded cut-out area that removes pressure from the front pelvic area. This means women can sit correctly without having associated issues that can arise from too much pressure in this area. Apparently it’s not uncommon for women to gain back pain and even health issues because of too much pressure whilst in the saddle or poor positioning.

I love when horse related products are created out of a need or a desire to make something even better. I believe the Schleese AdapTree® is one such product!

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