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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


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,

Conservation Grazing and Horses

I have started reading a book on ponies by Jenifer Morrissey. It is titled The Partnered Pony. One of the first chapters highlighted a job that a particular woman’s ponies had been carrying out since 2010: conservation grazing. In fact, she says:

Beginning in 2010, my ponies have done a very different kind of work. As conservation grazers, their job is to keep down the shrubs and coarse grass to keep the habitat suitable for rare butterflies to breed. I have no idea what my ponies and I might do next, but I’m sure they’ll do well. They’re all-rounders!

Conservation Grazing and Horses

What an interesting concept! This woman and her ponies are based in the United Kingdom and a quick search online allowed me to come across the Grazing Animals Project. The focus is on encouraging grazing from animals that helps to benefit wildlife, landscape and also cultural heritage.

Conservation Grazing and Horses - does it Interest you?

Conservation Grazing and Horses – does it Interest you?

The benefit of conservation grazing is twofold.  It meets the welfare needs of livestock whilst also allowing natural processes to occur. It is a process that focuses on less intensive land management techniques. The type of livestock utilised for conservation grazing takes into consideration feeding preferences of stock, their physiology and also animal behaviour. According to the GAP website:

Grazing livestock and associated activities played a key role in the formation and maintenance of many semi-natural habitats including grassland, heathland and pasture-woodland, through slowing or altering the successional trajectory of these habitats towards increased woodland cover. In addition to maintaining or restoring such habitats, grazing is also an essential component of many habitat (re)creation projects for example managed reversion from arable fields to species-rich grassland or the recreation of heathland.

I had never considered the use of horses or ponies by doing what they naturally do. And yet how wonderful to make use of grazing animals to benefit a particular habitat!  If you’re curious, you can read about the Focus on Equines section of their site. Training is also provided as shown on their site.

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

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.

Horse Webinars – a Business Tool

Recently I was informed by an entrepreneur that I am signed up to that there is one particular aspect of their business that brings in the most money. You may have guessed it by the title of this post – webinars! So I got to thinking, why not horse webinars?

At the end of the day, a webinar is a great way to share a concept or information with a large group of people, all around the world. An event time is chosen and people follow a particular link to all come together at the same time to view a webinar. So how could webinars be of interest to those in the horse industry?

Horse Webinars - Could they be a Tool for your Business?

Horse Webinars – Could they be a Tool for your Business?

They could be held to help educate horse owners about a particular product or service. They could be run as an interactive part of a horse course for students. There is really no limit to what could be presented in the webinar, as long as it is able to be shown over an internet connection!

How could this benefit those wanting a horse business? Easily! The webinars can be made in advance – they need to be visual and have audio, but that’s it! You can provide a section at the end for questions and answers – people can send questions to you in advance or they can type them in as the webinar proceeds. You can offer your products at the end at a discounted rate for those who attended the webinar, encouraging sales that benefit you financially.

A recent webinar I attended by Melyssa Griffin focused on making use of Pinterest for your business. It was free and I got so much out of it! I’m sure this was the same for the 200+ other attendees. And at the end I have no doubt many people signed up for her paid, Pinfinite Growth course. So people benefited from free information and Melissa presumably benefited from sales.

And the best bit? Because the webinar was pre-recorded, she was able to run the exact same webinar at a different time.  And this could suit other potential paying customers. Thinking residual income, again? Think horse webinars!

The Frugal Horsewoman

Owning and caring for horses is a costly business. In light of this, I love that I’ve recently discovered a website titled the Frugal Horsewoman. It focuses on horse keeping, but doing so on a budget. What a great idea!  You can always benefit from saving money in the area of owning horses.

Some aspects of the site that may interest you focus on articles that detail how to save money (and still own horses!). There are also some do it yourself recipes and details on how to make some horse supplies. Often we can make things at a fraction of the cost of which we would buy them! I love it.

Feeding Horses can be Costly; Check out the Frugal Horsewoman Website!

Feeding Horses can be Costly; Check out the Frugal Horsewoman Website!

Recent posts have covered making your own fly spray for horses and how to cut down on the cost of feeding horses. A bonus of Crystalyn’s site is that she also has regular freebies and giveaways. In fact, as you explore the site you’ll see there are pages dedicated specifically to freebies, and contests & giveaways. What’s not to like?

Things can get really expensive in today’s society, but we shouldn’t have to give up owning and working with the animal we love. What we can do to be proactive in this area is learn how to cut down on costs. It seems that this website focuses on this specific topic!

Be sure to check out the Frugal Horsewoman website. I’m sure there are many articles of worth that you can check out and also put into action.  And of course there are freebies and giveaways to benefit from! As you save money on your horse/s, you can put it into savings or make use of it elsewhere – win/win!

“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



Equine Psychotherapy Institute

Equine Psychotherapy is a Growing Industry

Equine Psychotherapy is a Growing Industry

If you have an interest in equine psychotherapy, then you may be interested to know about the Equine Psychotherapy Institute.  For those interested in studying equine assisted psychotherapy training there are two options:

  1. Students who are already Registered Psychotherapists, Counsellors or Mental Health Practitioners such as Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses, who are ‘in relationship with horses’ (whether a beginner or very experienced horse-people), and are wanting to offer Equine Assisted Therapy or Psychotherapy services. This group has Mental Health Qualifications and Registrations.
  2. Students who are passionate horse-people, may have qualification in teaching, coaching or management, have a keen interest in helping others grow and change, and are wanting to learn more about powerful processes and experiential learning with horses. This group do not have Mental Health Registration.

You can enroll into a course to become qualified via the equine psychotherapy institute website.  You can also search for qualified practitioners around Australia.

It’s great to see that training and qualifications are offered to both professionals in the mental health field and those who have skills with horses.  The area of psychotherapy with horses needs both kinds of individuals.  If you are a person who fits both of these categories, then even better!

Horses are wonderfully honest.  Horses are a great tool to help people.  This is in spite of their intimidating size.  They can help emotionally and physically and to learn skills, like team work.  Psychotherapy with horses is an interesting health area that is developing at a great speed.  It’s wonderful to find places that offer training and qualifications for those interested.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston S. Churchill

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