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Recently I was reading a novel by Alex Brown. It made reference to the NTRA or National Thoroughbred Regulatory Alliance. This is in action in the United States. The NTRA has a Safety and Integrity Alliance that focuses on six broad areas within the industry:
- injury reporting and prevention
- creating a safer racing and training environment
- uniform medication, testing and penalties
- safety and health of jockeys
- aftercare and transition of retired racehorses
- wagering security
As it says on their website:
“The health and safety of our human and equine athletes and the integrity of our sport are horseracing’s top priorities. The Safety & Integrity Alliance is horse racing’s key mechanisms for implementation of important safety and integrity initiatives on a uniform basis nationwide.”
The National Thoroughbred Regulatory Alliance
Racetracks can choose to be assessed by the NTRA and be accredited if they pass in the above six areas. This is a great way to ensure racing fans that the racetrack and those involved are working towards a healthy future for horse people and the horses themselves.
For someone who has a love of racing and equine welfare, perhaps a position with the NTRA may be worth looking into.
Likewise, if you’re involved in the racing industry in your country, perhaps you know there is no similar setup where you are. Well then, maybe you’re just the person to encourage such an initiative to take place!
There are many organisations that are put in place to keep people ethical and accountable. They are also there to make sure sports are safe. This is a great idea so that the sport in question isn’t brought under ridicule by the public. It also shows that people involved in the sport are dedicated to safe and legal practices. Setups like the NTRA can benefit many.
There are some things that are or have been discovered by others that fascinate me, especially when they relate to horses. Recently I read the Partnered Pony by Jenifer Morrissey. It contained a statement regarding researching equines. It left me thinking, ‘wow! How cool!’
It turns out that supporting the gut bacteria facilitates serotonin production which can lead to calmer equines.
What’s so interesting about this statement?
- There is a link to how horses can be made calmer. This can greatly affect their performance, health and ease of management.
- It is linked with the horse’s digestive system. This in turn is linked with what we feed the horse.
In short? Particular foods that keep a healthy environment for microbes can lead to calmer horses. Nutrition for horses can be designed that results in a horse that isn’t seen to be so ‘hot.’ Again: wow! How cool!
This information may have not first been discovered with regards to horses. However, there are funds out there for people wanting to undertake studies around the equine species. Many of the teachers of my Equine Science Degree were also researchers. They were able to continue their passion (research) by having a day job (teaching). This day job just so happened to link in with their passion – both were related to equine science!
For those who are interested in researching equines, consider the idea of teaching equine science, too. As you do your masters and maybe even go on to a PhD, teaching can be a great way to fund your desire to study and learn more about the equine species.
“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
Boy have I not been aware of a niche area online! Although I too am offering horse related courses online (equine passive streams and breeding the mare), I wasn’t aware of how popular this was! Recently reading Alyssa Knee’s debut book, Spike, I was made aware of Monty Roberts Equus Online University.
It makes sense to me that trainers would have online courses. Especially those who have gained a following locally – and even worldwide. How wonderful to be able to pay a subscription fee and to then have access to many resources. These often include videos and articles by the trainer/s. In fact, there’s a deal going on their site currently:
Register now with the promotional code ‘DAYPASS’ and you’ll have access to over 350 Monty Roberts quick and easy training and instructional videos and lesson notes. Learn at your own pace with Monty Roberts. See for yourself why people say that Monty is the best, and the original ‘horse whisperer’, recognized by our international Equus community for his gentle and effective horse training.
Monty Roberts Equus Online University
Monty Roberts has his own website and products, which you can find here. To have his own domain and setup for an online university also, I think is awesome. Here you can access a lot of his resources and products. For those who are familiar with his join up work and the dually halter, you may be interested to purchase the head collar for your horse work.
Here is a trainer who provides some great examples of what you can turn into income through training and reaching other people:
- videos that people subscribe to (passive income!)
- live demonstrations that people pay to attend
- horse products for better handling or welfare
- qualifications to be able to teach others the same training method
Horse training will always be big, I believe. As long as we have domestic horses, we will need guidance. Having such a place as an online university for a particular method is great. It provides you with a local area to talk with others about their progress as well as learning.
Whilst reading Spike by Alyssa Knee, I saw a reference to online horse video subscriptions. The trainer referenced was Warwick Schiller. With trusty old Google, a search online quickly brought up some relevant results.
Warwick Schiller has a focus on performance horsemanship. Much can be learnt from horse trainers. With the ability to access videos online, we can specifically see an idea being acted out with a horse and the results. The trainer can also provide feedback as they carry out the task, or later as a voice over.
Warwick has on his website horse video subscriptions. There is the chance for anyone to subscribe to these on a monthly basis, or even annually. Now this can have appeal for many reasons:
- You can sign up for the monthly subscription. Then you can watch as much as you possibly can in that timeframe (there are over 400 videos)
- You can take your time over a yearly subscription From here, set yourself a goal of watching a certain number of videos a week/month to improve your horse knowledge
- You can try out concepts discussed in these videos with horses that you work with
- This is another great example of passive income. The videos are made once and paid for by subscribers so that they can be viewed over and again
Horse Video Subscriptions
For many well known trainers and horse people out there, video subscriptions have a great following. Videos can be created by horse people in the know on training, riding, presenting, feeding, trimming feet – the list goes on!
If you want to learn more about horses in a particular field, have a search online for videos that relate to this. If you want to share your wealth of knowledge and earn an income from it, consider videos that people subscribe to view. Horse video subscriptions work both ways.
I have recently read two non-fiction horse books that have referenced their horse’s personality. This is carried out through a behavioural test and is commonly known as their horsenality. Did you know that your horse can be a:
- Left brain extrovert
- Right brain extrovert
- Right brain introvert or a
- Left brain introvert?
Having read through horsenality training do’s and don’ts, I love that there are guidelines for horse owners on what is acceptable, based on their horse’s personality! Not every horse can be trained the same way.
Have you noticed how some horses are more reactive, whilst others appear calm, almost lazy and even non responsive? When you observe horse behaviour, do you see those that are dominant and those that are not? This is an indication of their individual personality. For those who want to know more, you can read about the different personalities here. Reading over this article, I can determine immediately that my first gelding was a right brained extrovert. What about you?
As it says on the Parelli site:
Why is this important? Well, knowing whether your horse is confident or fearful, extroverted or introverted, or motivated by food vs. play can make all the difference in the world. An exercise that makes one horse literally jump for joy could be absolutely terrifying for another horse. Knowing what makes your horse tick can be the difference between a lifelong partnership and a constant struggle.
If you want to be able to take the test on behalf of a particular horse, then you can purchase the report in digital copy.
For those who love horse behaviour and training, have you considered creating products to assist other horse owners and trainers? Another form of equine passive income! This is a great example of a tool that has been created and can also be utilised by any horse owner or handler. Why not check it out?
I have recently posted about the Horse Sense – Running with Mustangs program. This was the first time I was made aware of the Horse Sense Business Sense website and all that they offer. For those who are interested in Equine Assisted Practices, then this website will be of use to you, I am sure!
I first became aware of equine assisted practices through a friend who wanted to get into this field. It was back in 2008 or so. She was already a qualified occupational therapist and she had passion for horses. It was her desire to somehow combine her passion with therapy to assist others.
The Horse Sense Business Sense website has been set us as an aid to professionals in various fields across Equine Assisted Learning. The Horse Sense OTC Family works to provide workshops, training, conferences, various programs and curriculums as well as a working student program.
Horse Sense Business Sense Assistance
I love this! It’s perhaps your one stop shop to learning how to get into the equine assisted learning field. Or maybe you’re ready to set up your own facility or business – why not gain resources and assistance? Perhaps you want to offer a place for working students in your local area – why not offer your property as part of their program?
As it says on their website:
“We are eager to help other Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning programs make it, and make a difference, in their community.”
They also have a Horse Sense Vets-for-Vets certification that is being set up for release in 2017. This will be taught over a 12 month period, by leaders in the field of therapeutic horsemanship – how exciting!
‘Why give a horse to a man who cannot ride?’ ― George R.R. Martin
Whilst reading the Infinite Magic of Horses by Candida Baker, I read a short piece by Frank Bell. In this, he details how he came to create the 7 Step Safety System for horse riders, trainers, farriers and all other horse handlers.
It was really interesting to learn how going through a ‘traumatic’ event with a horse can cause others to stop and reflect. Upon experience this, Frank set up a system that can help any horse and handler. It allows them to establish ground work so that they are safer when working together. This is a wonderful thing!
For those who love the idea of residual income, you may be interested to know that he has created this training in DVD form. Once again, this is an example of creating a product once and selling it potentially many times other. You can order this from the above link to his website.
For those who are interested in Frank’s approach on horse training, it may also interest you to know that he has an accreditation program and a list of accredited instructors. For those trainers who are making an impact in the horse world, it is nice to know you can take on their training and help to impart this to others. I know the likes of Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli have done similar things.
The 7 Step Safety System by Frank Bell
Anything we can learn about being safer when working with horses is a good thing. If it interests you, why not check out Frank’s 7 Step Safety System? You can also check out Frank’s blog, other products and recommended links.
“But there is one rule inviolably observed above all others; that is, never approach a horse in a passion; for anger never thinks of consequences, and forces us to do what we afterwards repent.” – Xenophon
In Jenifer Morrissey’s book the Partnered Pony, there is reference to a youth development program. With a focus on incarcerated youth, Running with Mustangs has been set up. Because these youth have been recognised as involved in gang activity – or at risk of becoming so – this program has been set up to try and alleviate the problem.
Running with Mustangs
This initiative is an equine assisted cognitive behavioural therapy that is used with court ordered youth. The idea is that the program utilises problem solving activities with horses. The horses in question are mustangs. Following the EAGALA philosophy, Running with Mustangs is designed to teach at risk youth necessary skills for life. This is done through interactive activities with horses.
Perhaps you are interested in getting such a program started! The course curriculum can be purchased from Horse Sense Business. You can also contact the team at Horse Sense Business to organise a consultation to get started. They also provide a policies and procedures manual to assist in establishing a program with:
“all the basic processes you need in place as you seek funding opportunities, as well as providing you with the systems you need for your human resources and business sense!”
I love that the Bureau of Land Management can provide mustangs to be made use of in this initiative. And it seems government funding is available. So I am sure this will encourage suitably qualified horse people to take on the mustangs and provide such a program to at risk youth. Running with Mustangs sounds like a wonderful initiative. It works to engage at risk youth, involve them with horses and fix a problem.
“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.” ― Gerald Raftery
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:
“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
What I found particularly interesting in Jenifer Morrissey’s book the Partnered Pony, was her reference to a hoof map for farriers. At an ELPO conference, two local veterinarians paired up with some ELPO farriers. The farriers were able to demonstrate how their hoof map accurately locates the coffin bone. This was with the use of a portable radiograph with the vets.
And why should this be of interest to horse owners? Knowing where the coffin bone lies, assists in trimming the hoof so that it sits at a correct angle with regards to this bone. Being able to utilise a tool to quickly identify the position of a coffin bone, makes it easier to correctly trim the hoof.
A Hoof Map for Farriers
Jenifer commented about this mapping tool, indicating that as someone who trims her horses’ feet, it was beneficial to know about. For those who are interested in trimming or who already look after horse’s feet, you may like to read up on this hoof map for farriers tool.
If you do a search on hoof mapping tool on the ELPO website, you will be shown a link to the 4 Step E.L.P.O Live Sole – Hoof Mapping Protocol. This page details different aspects of the hoof you need to be able to identify. Using these, it is then possible to assess the hoof and to determine where the coffin bone lies.
The above search also provides details of a two part video on basic hoof mapping and trimming. You can watch that here.
I love that there is so much still to be learned about horses. As we discover how certain issues arise with horses, we are then in a position to make changes. It’s exciting to know that passionate and informed people can develop tools to help with effective horse care.
As people develop a passion for a particular area of horses, they are able to then use this. Along with their knowledge and skills, they can make things better for horses or easier for handlers – or both! Perhaps there is a tool or resource out there that you could develop to help further a particular aspect of the horse industry. Get to it!