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Asana: a Free Planning Tool for Your Horse Business

I have recently been taking part in a Goals with Intention Challenge by Melyssa Griffin.  This is to help people plan out what they want to achieve in 2018.  And of course after the planning part, action needs to happen!  Melyssa promoted a free tool that she uses known as Asana.  And I got to thinking about Asana and how it could work as a free planning tool for your horse business.

Asana: a Free Planning Tool for Your Horse Business | Equus Education

Asana: a Free Planning Tool for Your Horse Business | Equus Education

So how does it work?  You create a free account and once this is done, you can get to work.  You’re able to create projects online and break these down into smaller tasks.  So how could this apply to the horse industry?

Let’s consider a yearling sales preparation.  The manager could create a project Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales, for example.  Then they could create individual tasks that need to be completed.  Some of these may be daily (feed horses, muck out stalls, exercise, groom).  Other tasks may be introduced throughout the preparation.  These might include lunging for the first time, introduce to being hosed and washed, teaching to parade for clients.

The great thing about Asana is that you can apply dates to each task so you know when they need to be complete by.  And of course you can mark them off as complete.  As a manager of a project, you can also assign particular people to carry out certain tasks.  So if you have tech savvy staff, they can mark things off at the end of the day that have been achieved.

Whatever your horse related project is, you could make use of Asana to map it out and mark it off.  You can also see your calendar of events and know what tasks need to be completed for each day.  And if one day is looking pretty hectic, you can reschedule some tasks or let staff know that you need to start earlier / work longer for that particular day.

If you’re a lists person, I encourage you to check out this project planner.  After all, it’s free.  What horse related projects for 2018 could you use Asana to help you plan, complete and mark off as achieved?

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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.

Equestrian Entries for the New Zealand Horse Rider

Whilst learning about the Equidays event in New Zealand recently I found myself then guided to the Equestrian Entries website.  I had no idea that there was an online resource for horse riders in New Zealand!  Equestrian Entries provides details on horse competitions around New Zealand.

Equestrian Entries is a Great Online Resource for NZ Riders | Equus Education

Equestrian Entries is a Great Online Resource for NZ Riders | Equus Education

You can register to be able to make use of this online resource that allows you to look at events in New Zealand.  You can also view your entries into said competitions and the results.  Wonderful!  To register you’ll need an ESNZ Registration number.

Equestrian Entries for Horse Riders

I love the concept of this site.  Now I may be ignorant and perhaps there are such sites for Australia, the UK and US, too!  But I love that there is one place you can go to find out about national horse competitions, register in these events and in time, see the results.  For each event, you can see:

  • start and closing dates of the event
  • the discipline/s covered
  • the location of the show

You can even view location details on GoogleMaps, check out the schedule and enter yourself into the event.  Wonderful!  So if you’re a rider in New Zealand, be sure to make use of this incredible resource!  And if you’re located elsewhere, why not do a search to see if there’s something similar you can utilise?  And if there isn’t… maybe this is an area for someone to step in and create one 😉

“There is a lot of folklore about equestrian statues, especially the ones with riders on them. There is said to be a code in the number and placement of the horse’s hooves: …four legs in the air means that the sculptor was very, very clever. Five legs in the air means that there’s probably at least one other horse standing behind the horse you’re looking at; and the rider lying on the ground with his horse lying on top of him with all four legs in the air means that the rider was either a very incompetent horseman or owned a very bad-tempered horse.” ― Terry Pratchett

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The Farrier Guide for Aspiring Farriers

I have recently started a new writing gig that will be a regular thing.  As I was looking over the site, I realised it’s a resource I should be writing about here!  So how could it be of benefit to you?

Well, you have a love for horses and their feet in particular.  You’re up for a physically demanding job and love the idea of looking after horses’ health care.  And of course, correcting conformation issues and dealing with many different horses on a daily basis!  Did you know about the resource the Farrier Guide?

Working as a Farrier

This is an online resource that provides many things for those who are already employed as farriers, or for those who aspire to be.  There is a farriery guide that highlights the basics of this career.  There is also an education and employment guide for those wanting to be up to speed on the industry.

And if you’re looking to study, there’s a selection of horseshoeing schools and farrier courses that are detailed in a directory, worldwide.  To make this even more appealing, users can rate and comment on individual schools/courses to give an unbiased view.  There are even interviews with instructors and owners of schools to help potential students determine what would suit them best.

The Farrier Guide as a Career Resource

The Farrier Guide as a Career Resource

With a blog that has monthly educational posts relating to horses and the industry and a book store, the Farrier Guide seems to be a great online resource for someone wanting to get into this industry.  As with many things in the horse industry, having skills and an education is important.  If you’re interested in pursuing farriery as a career, check out this resource that provides so much to make you well-informed.

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Sound Cloud – Equine Audio Files

I was recently talking with my mother about a photograph she’d taken of a lyrebird. She’d recorded audio of it singing around the time she took the photo. Then with the use of Sound Cloud she was able to upload the picture and an audio file which people can listen to online for free, whilst looking at the photo.

Equine Audio Files - Free Sound Cloud Account

Equine Audio Files – Free Sound Cloud Account

I’ve touched on equine podcasts as a business tool before and thought it would be worth mentioning this website, too. Here is a tool that you can use for free to host audio files. So what are some examples of equine audio files that you may utilise to provide benefit to your customers or even as links to purchase products?

  • As an equine author, you could have audio files of reading the first chapter of a particular book. Then you provide details where people can buy the book to read themselves.
  • If you are promoting a particular training method, you can explain this on audio files for followers.
  • You could provide audio reviews of products that people can then buy and you receive a commission for, like through Amazon Affiliates
  • You could interview people who make a living with horses and find a specific angle to ask questions – perhaps some food for thought for me!

Equine Audio Files for Business

Either way, if you have a need for equine audio files for your business, then Sound Cloud may be of interest, particularly the free account to try things out and see what you think! Or perhaps now that you know about the resource, you can think of equine audio files that would benefit your business and your clients!

“He’s of the colour of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger…. he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.” ― William Shakespeare

Equine Non Profits Network

I was interested to recently discover an equine non profits website. This network focuses specifically on equine non profits that are located in the North Carolina region.  As it says on their website,

‘the mission of this project is to promote and support communication and collaboration among North Carolina’s horse related nonprofit organizations.’

Equine Non Profits can be a Great way to Give Back and Learn new Skills

Equine Non Profits can be a Great way to Give Back and Learn new Skills

I was amazed to learn through this website, that there are over 100 horse related nonprofit organisations within the North Carolina area – wow! The website has been created to be an interaction point for all of these organisations. It’s a place they can go online to gain information and help in relation to horse focused non profits. The site has been set up by Equine Career Network founder, Kelsey Sullivan and is run in conjunction with the North Carolina Horse Council.

The website provides details on the various organisations within the North Carolina counties. The 100+ organisations cover the areas of therapeutic riding, equine assisted, therapy, rescue, racehorse rehoming and preservation.

Equine Non Profits in North Carolina

I am blown away by the number of organisations set up in the NC area. For someone who wants to learn about setting up and running a non profit that relates to horses, volunteering at any number of facilities like these would be of benefit! As you can see, you can focus your interests to a particular area, such as therapeutic riding. Or, maybe you’d rather focus your energies where you see there is still a great need. Non profits are a great way to offer your time and energy through volunteering. They can also provide you with much information and skills as you make yourself available to them.

If you want to set up such an organisation in the NC area, then keep this website address handy. It not only provides contact details of over 100 setups in the North Carolina area, it also provides details on grants and emergency resources, as well as agriculture extension office details.

I love to learn about resources like this! If there isn’t one for your local area, then maybe you could start to collate similar information for it? This website came about from a Masters Thesis project – cool!

Equine Authors: an Online Resource for (Would-be) Horse Book Authors

Are you are horse fanatic? Do you have a story in you? Could you combine these two things and generate a fabulous horse story? Then you may be interested in this new site of Equus Education creator, Christine Meunier. If you are a horse book author or desire to be, you’ll want to check out Equine Authors.

This website has been established by equine authors, for current horse book authors and future equine authors. It contains a blog with articles that are helpful to establishing your presence online. Posts include:

Equine Authors Logo - the Online Resource for Horse Book Authors

Equine Authors Logo – the Online Resource for Horse Book Authors

Equine Authors – the Online Resource for Horse Book Authors

If you’re already an equine author – you can contribute a guest post! And of course, you may just learn something to benefit your career with current articles on the site. Guest posts are needed for Equine Authors in the form of how-to articles, highlighting great tools for horse book authors and other forms of advice about how to make it a viable career.

If you’re a horse book fan, be sure to bookmark this site. The equine author directory is added to regularly and will continue to grow. You may just pick up a new favourite horse book author!

This directory lists horse book authors, their websites and provides opportunities to purchase their books. Future plans for the site include adding how-to articles. Focus points will include adding books and author pages to Goodreads, Authorgraph, FictFact, Amazon; the list goes on.

People write about horses because they know and love them. An added bonus is that it can become a viable residual income earner. You only have to write the book once, but it can be sold many, many times over. Have you considered a career as an equine author?

Free Equine Courses at CAFRE: Health, Nutrition and Behaviour

Well my favourites for providing free equine courses are at it once again!  A recent tweet from one of the equine industry trainers alerted me to this fact.  CAFRE have upcoming free courses in equine health, equine nutrition and also equine behaviour. Ready to sign up? 🙂

Perhaps you’d like further details:

  1. Clinical equine nutrition – running from April 12, enrol by April 5th!
  2. Introduction to Equine Health – May 24th, register by May 17th
  3. Managing Equine Health – July 5th, enrol by June 28th
  4. Equine Behaviour and Welfare – August 16th starting date, enrol by August 9th
Free Equine Courses - what Topic would Interest you?

Free Equine Courses – what Topic would Interest you?

Free Equine Courses at CAFRE

All of the free equine courses are run online over a four week period. I have undertaken many CAFRE courses online and the layout is generally the same.

You’re provided with some interesting and informative PowerPoints that often have a voiceover on them. Learning objectives are outlined, discussed and summarised. For each topic there is a test that you have three chances at completing. The idea is to gain the best score you possibly can.

For everyone who undertakes all of the tests successfully, you are issued an electronic certificate.  This is to indicate that you undertook the course. Perhaps you’re looking to increase your knowledge and also gain some horse related certificates. Or maybe you want a refresher course. Perhaps, you’re looking to connect with other horse people who are also interested in these topics.

Whatever the reason, these courses are great to undertake! You have access to the materials and can do them in your own time, as long as you complete the tests by the specified date. For someone who is raising two young children, I have found I could dedicate enough time to complete the courses before the end date. And I’ve always learned something!

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!

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