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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.

Horse to a horse owner: ‘I saved you some money; took the shoe off myself!’

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!

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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