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Horse Video Subscriptions – Warwick Schiller

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.

Horse Video Subscriptions - what would you Subscribe to?

Horse Video Subscriptions – what would you Subscribe to?

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.

Horsenality – Determining Your Horse’s Personality

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?
Horsenality - do you Know Your Horse's Personality?

Horsenality – do you Know Your Horse’s Personality?

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.

Horsenality

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?

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Horse Sense Business Sense

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 Assists Equine Assisted Learning Setups

Horse Sense Business Sense Assists Equine Assisted Learning Setups

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

7 Step Safety System by Frank Bell

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!

The 7 Step Safety Program by Frank Bell Helps Horses and Humans

The 7 Step Safety Program by Frank Bell Helps Horses and Humans

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

Running with Mustangs (Horse Sense Program)

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.

Running with Mustangs Targets at Risk Youth

Running with Mustangs Targets at Risk Youth

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

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

A Hoof Map for Farriers

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 - does this Interest you?

A Hoof Map for Farriers – does this Interest you?

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!

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

Introduction to Equine Nutrition – Free Course

Well it looks like CAFRE are running yet another free course – whoop! This one is titled Introduction to Equine Nutrition. Whether you’re a horse owner, horse carer or aspiring to be an equine nutritionist, then I encourage you to enrol in this free course!

The Introduction to Equine Nutrition course is to be run in February of 2017, over a four week period. Made up of online presentations, the topics to be covered include:

  • Equine Digestive Anatomy and Processes
  • Nutrients and Absorption
  • Selecting Suitable Feed Types for Horses

How can online courses benefit you? Firstly, you’re improving or refreshing your horse knowledge – and you acquire resources from the course. Secondly, it’s a chance for you to network with others who are taking part in the course.

Free Introduction to Equine Nutrition Course at CAFRE.

Free Introduction to Equine Nutrition Course at CAFRE.

Introduction to Equine Nutrition

This CAFRE course will also provide support from educators, online discussion groups and online assessment to test comprehension. At the end, you also get a certificate of completion that can be added to your resume as you build your equine knowledge and skills!

For those interested, you need to register online by February 8, 2017. The course starts a week later on February 15th.

Horse nutrition is an ever changing world.  As more is learned about the horse’s digestive system and welfare, practices are adjusted.  Keeping your knowledge up to date is well worth it – for horse welfare and also for horse businesses.

In case you missed it and would like to enrol, CAFRE are running another free online course. This is to be run in January of 2017 and focuses on Online Social Media for Equine Businesses. You need to enrol in this by January 4th, 2017.

“Horseperson’s Glossary – Feed: Expensive substance used to manufacture manure.” – Author unknown

Online Social Media for Equine Businesses – Free Course

Hi everyone!  I thought I had better share the details of one of the upcoming CAFRE courses for the New Year! I’m always up for some online learning – especially when it’s free! Do you have an interest in Online Social Media for Equine Businesses? Then you might want to enrol in this free course!

The email I received indicated:

Online Social Media for Equine Businesses

CAFRE will be delivering their online social media course for equine businesses in January 2017. The course will be delivered completely online and will consist of three presentations over a six week period. There will also be online discussion groups and support and an online assessment to test your knowledge. There will be a certificate of completion from CAFRE.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course, then check out this CAFRE Short Courses link and fill in your details!  The enrol tab is found on the right hand side of the page.

The course will be looking into the likes of:

  • Social media channels and tools
  • Measuring the success of social media and also
  • Monitoring social media
Online Social Media for Equine Businesses - Free Course!

Online Social Media for Equine Businesses – Free Course!

The course is free of charge and will go live on Wednesday 11 January 2017 for 6 weeks.  If you’re interested, then participants need to register online by Wednesday 4th January 2017.  You can’t go wrong with free education – especially if it’s focusing on your horse and business knowledge!

On a side note, did you know that Equus Education is on Facebook?  Be sure to check it out and like the page to stay updated!  You can also follow me (Christine Meunier) on Twitter for site updates.  And for those on Pinterest, be sure to check out Equus Education here, too!

“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

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