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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

Equine Business Workshops

How would you Benefit from Equine Business Workshops?

How would you Benefit from Equine Business Workshops?

Oh to be in the United Kingdom when these workshops are being run!  CAFRE have just sent out an email indicating that they will be putting on a series of workshops – equine business workshops – in the near future.  And the best bit?  They’re free!

Whenever you’re able to, make use of free educational sessions that relate to horses, business or even better – horse business!  You’re bound to pick up something you can use to better yourself or your business.

According to the email, they are providing:

A series of workshops for equine businesses in Northern Ireland that will provide information to drive your business forward. The series is suitable for all equine related businesses from riding schools and tack shops to self employed instructors, producers and farriers.

The series includes three equine business workshops:

  1. Unlocking your business potential – 11th October 2016.
  2. Marketing your “Unique Selling Point” – 1st November 2016.
  3. Keeping on the right side of the law – 10th January 2017.

Each session will take place from 7.30pm until 9.30pm at Greenmount Campus, Antrim. Registration for each event closes 7 days prior to the event. There is no fee for this course.

Interested and able to attend?  Then you can register online www.cafre.ac.uk/short-courses/equine-business-groups/

Even if you’re not yet in business, but you plan to set up your own equine business, then I am sure these sessions will be valuable to you!  Plus you can network and check out potential complimenting businesses – win/win!

“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

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Horsi – Australian Horse Social Network

Awhile back I wrote a post about a social networking site for horse lovers – Horse Networking.  Sadly this site seems to no longer exist!  I have just come across one aimed at Australian horse people and businesses, however.  It is called Horsi.

Horsi – the Network for Horse Lovers – is free to use and quick to sign up to.  It is designed so people have a profile, can add their equine business(es) and even add horse details.

Horsi: would you use a Horse Social Networking Site?

Horsi: would you use a Horse Social Networking Site?

A quick search on the site shows that they have different categories for horses businesses to advertise in:

  • Agistment
  • Arena Hire
  • Farrier
  • Floats and Trucks
  • Lessons and Coaching
  • Photographer
  • Veterinarian

And there are many more.  Horsi looks to be me, to be a great place to establish a presence online and connect with other horse people who may want to do business with you.  Or, they may be able to help you find the horse business connection you’re looking for.

You are able to connect with people and ‘follow’ them.  And of course, you can keep up to date on the Horsi news via their Facebook page.

If you’re a horse fan in Australia, then this site may be worth looking into.  It seems to be just setting up, but also a great chance to connect with other Australians who love horses and are perhaps doing business in the horse field.

If you have a horse business in Australia, then it can’t hurt you to further your online presence.  You can do this very quickly by signing up to Horsi.

For those who love internet marketing; perhaps there is still a niche for other horse networking sites.  This is particularly so as this site seems to cater to Australians.  There are plenty of other countries out there with many horse business people, horse fans and internet use.  Food for thought.

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Parasites and Your Horse – CAFRE Free Course

Parasites and Your Horse: Free Online Course

Parasites and Your Horse: Free Online Course

Well CAFRE are once again offering a free online course!  I love these!  This one focuses on parasite management (Parasites and Your Horse) and you need to register by July 15th.

Here are the details that were emailed out to me:

Parasites and Your Horse – Online Course

CAFRE has launched a new online short course covering parasites in horses. The course will cover common parasites affecting the horse including life cycles, infestation and control methods.  The course will be delivered completely online allowing flexible study at a convenient time. The course is aimed at participants who care and manage horses at all levels, for example private owners, leisure riders, grooms, instructors, coaches, stable staff and non-equine vet nurses are all potential participants.

Two lectures will be available from 20th July until 31st August 2016.  For more information and to register for this course on the CAFRE website by following this link www.cafre.ac.uk/equine-short-courses/  Registration closes 15th July 2016. This is a free course.

As I always say, you can’t go wrong things that are free!  And you should always be working to educate yourself.  Whether this is an area you’re familiar with or not, why not sign up?  You can learn a lot or refresh your memory!

Parasites and equines is an ongoing issue – we will never be rid of them fully.  As horse owners and horse carers, it is important to find out what the latest research indicates with regards to managing parasites and our horses.

You may find that management recommendations save you money by helping you to target parasites at the right time of year.  It will also benefit your horse’s health by reducing worm burdens.  If you manage other people’s horses as well as your own, they will thank you for keeping your knowledge current and putting it into practice.

Free Short Course at CAFRE

Hi everyone!  I have received this email and wanted to share:

CAFRE are holding an update on recent Advances in Equine Management at the Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan, on Wednesday 1st June at 7:30pm.

The event offers an update on practices used to manage horses at CAFRE and on new developments in the industry.

– Do you need to worm? Could you save money with targeted worming?

o New equine tapeworm test will be demonstrated

o Faecal Worm Egg Testing

– Methods of monitoring your horse’s body weight

– New developments in the industry.

Follow this link for further information and to book your place. www.cafre.ac.uk/equine-short-courses/

Free Event – Everyone Welcome!

If you are in the area and available to attend this course, why not head along?  Free information is always worth pursuing when it comes to how you can better manage your horses.

Developing an Online Horse Store for Your Business

There are so many opportunities online these days to sell products that you have developed.  Have you considered an online horse store for your business?

If looking at things from an artistic point of view (drawing, photography, jewellery, etc) you may be interested to know about avenues you can utilise to sell your horse related products.

  • Storenvy – check out Galloping Graphics on Storenvy; you can set up your own store for free within minutes.
  • Etsy –  a search on ‘horse’ brings up so much!  A commission is charged for each sale made, so you’re not spending to set up, instead you and Etsy profit when you make a sale.

If you create educational resources, then you can offer courses online or products online via the following:

Developing an Online Horse Store: what Horse Product or Service could you sell Online?

Developing an Online Horse Store: what Horse Product or Service could you sell Online?

A lot of people sell products and services online via their own websites.  Take a look at the post on Equus Education about Horse Lover’s Math.  Consider online horse magazines where you can pay for subscriptions, horse clothes you can order or any other type of product or service.

Chances are if you can think of something to sell relating to your horse business, there is already a way to provide this online!  Many times you can utilise free resources and find that your partnership with the platform provider is mutually beneficial.

Don’t hold off setting things up.  Instead, do your research and get going!  Why not set up your equine business idea online this year?

“There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.” – Rolf Kopfle

Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship

If you’re up to date on equestrian news in Australia, you will have heard about the tragic death of Olivia Inglis.  This occurred whilst she was eventing recently at a competition in New South Wales.

Want a career riding horses – specifically eventing?  This new scholarship in Australia may be just what you’re looking for.  In memory of Olivia’s life and riding career, a scholarship has been established to help future eventers realise their dreams.

The Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship will provide emerging riders with funding to support their training and competition…

At the Awards Night, Blair Richardson, President of Scone Horse Trials said:
“We are delighted that Equestrian NSW in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation will administer this fund.  The scholarship will be awarded… to help young riders in the sport of Eventing. These riders can use the funding to obtain extra lessons, or schooling, to help them in their career over the coming years.”

Olivia Inglis Carries a Surname that is Well Known for those in the Thoroughbred Sale World in Australia

The Inglis Name is Well Known in the Thoroughbred Industry in Australia

The idea of the memorial fund scholarship is to provide finances that will achieve:

  • the opportunity to honour a life that was ended too quickly
  • easing the pain that is felt from the loss of Olivia Inglis’ life
  • bringing about something good from the loss
  • helping to finance the next generation of Australian’s who go on to be Olympic level riders

Do you have a passion for eventing?  Do you want to pursue it as a horse riding career?  This may be a scholarship worth keeping an eye on!  Especially if you’re Australia based.

Eventing can be a difficult sport to get into.  Consider the cost of a good horse, horse care and riding lessons.  Gaining funds through a scholarship can make the difference for establishing riders.

For those who are interested in donating to the fund, they can do so via this link.  Donations are tax deductible.

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” – Helen Thompson

7 Day Startup Challenge

Hi everyone!

If you’re planning to (or thinking about) starting your equine business this year, then why not join in the free event, the 7 Day Startup Challenge?

Starting January 19, this free event is designed for entrepreneurs to help them launch their business idea in 7 days!  Sometimes all we need is a little push from people in the know.  Of course, free resources help, too!

Check it out.

“Half the failures in life result from pulling in one’s horse when it is leaping.” – Author Unknown

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