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Friday Feature: Steward

This week’s letter is S. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Riding School.

You may be familiar with the people at the races who sit on (often) grey horses at the racetrack, assisting young racehorses to get out to the starting gates, or following behind a race in motion.  You may not know that these are stewards, and they have many roles in racing.  In fact, it may be summed up as:

Being responsible for maintaining the probity and integrity of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing. A steward is part of a team who enforce the rules of racing and ensures integrity throughout the three racing codes.

If this appeals to you, consider:

  • A need to know racing rules and regulations
  • Developing a keen interest in at least one racing code
  • The idea of riding may make up a small part of the job but a lot is about assessing rules and regulations and making sure these are carried out
  • Busy days will often be race days, which will include weekend work
  • Work may also involve assessing racing stables

Getting into this line of work will involve a cadetship or qualification.  For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Riding School

This week’s letter is R. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Pedigrees.

Are you Passionate About Providing Opportunity for Others to Learn to Ride?

A riding school is for many the first place they learn to ride, groom and saddle a horse.  It’s a place where their passion for horses is encouraged and grows and later becomes the cornerstone of an equine career.

A riding school is also a place that can be a viable business proposition.  For someone who is passionate about teaching others to the ride, other than instructing, the idea of running a riding school may appeal.

If this appeals to you, consider:

  • The need for a suitable place to set up a riding school that is easy for people to access, can have riding facilities and horses
  • The need to store tack and horse feed on the property
  • Whether group and private lessons can be provided and on what classes of horse
  • How advertising of the business will occur
  • If you will also teach or employ instructors
  • If you will prepare horses, instructors will guide students on tacking up, or a stable hand will prepare horses for lessons

A business plan for such an idea is well worth considering.  Where funds are coming from to set up the business as well as how much would need to be generated each month to cover the cost of keeping horses and staff would need to be included.

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“.. you rise and fall with the leg by the wall …” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Pedigrees

This week’s letter is P. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Orthopaedics.

What a Horse’s Pedigree may Look like on Paper

A horse’s pedigree relates to who its mother and father were, and who their parents were.  Pedigrees are particularly important in the equine world as they provide a document that details the family history of a horse, which in turn can show results of races or competitions, conformational consistencies and temperament.

Often people in the know about pedigrees will find themselves in a job that relates to stallion promotion or the purchasing of horses for clients.  Chances are that although you may have an interest in pedigrees in general, to make a career out of it you will need to focus on a particular breed of horse.

For someone who is interested in the idea of using their love of pedigrees to generate a career, consider:

  • Learning by heart the pedigrees of the latest famous horses in your focal market (e.g., the pedigree of Black Caviar if your focus is the thoroughbred breed)
  • Learning about nicks, black type, crosses, outcrosses and many other terms in the world of pedigrees
  • Learning the bloodlines of particular mares and stallions that when bred together, seem to consistently produce a top performing horse

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” – Breeder’s Axiom

Friday Feature: Orthopaedics

This week’s letter is O. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Nutrition (Equine).

Would You be Interested in Correcting This?

Orthopaedics is a specialised field that focuses on preventing or correcting injuries and disorders of the skeletal system and muscles, joints and ligaments associated with it.  For someone who is pursuing the veterinary side of a career and has a particular interest in a horse’s conformation and soundness, this may be an area of specialisation that you feel is worth investigating.

Then again, you may feel that being a farrier is where you want to go!

For someone who is interested in the idea of orthopaedics as a career, consider:

  • You will need to look into a veterinary science degree
  • A knowledge of horse conformation is essential
  • A specialised field like this may require that you first practice as a vet in many facets of the equine industry, perhaps even small animals

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“You cannot remain unmoved by the gentleness of conformation of a well-bred and well-trained horse… more than 1000 pounds of big-boned, well-muscled animal, yet forever a menace with it’s innocent power… but when it greets you with a nicker and regards you with a large and liquid eye, the question of where you want to be has been answered.” – Author unknown

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Friday Feature: Nutrition (Equine)

This week’s letter is N. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Mounted Police.

Nutrition plays a vital role in the life of any person or animal.  It can be particularly important to get right in the equine species due to developmental issues that can occur if it’s wrong.

For someone who has a keen interest in horse nutrition and wishes to utilise it as a career choice, they will need to consider a science degree.  Positions could then be found with a company like Kentucky Equine Research or Mitavite.

Do you Have an Interest in Horse Nutrition?

Some things to note:

  • Nutrition is quite complex scientifically – a science degree such as Equine Science should be explored
  • There are many feeds on offer, some of which are not nutritionally the most viable option for horses, but are popular anyway
  • Nutritionists can provide advice to large horse businesses and individuals, formulate diets and even assess pastures
  • If interested in pasture assessment, an agricultural degree may be a better course to take

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

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

Friday Feature: Mounted Police

This week’s letter is M. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Land Management (Equine).

If you have an interest in law enforcement that combines your love of horses, joining the mounted police may be for you!  For those who are interested purely for the riding aspect, you may be disappointed.

Getting into the police force requires mental and physical testing.  It is only after passing these and being a police officer for a set time that you may get to apply for a position within the mounted branch.

Some things to note:

  • Horse skills and competent and safe riding are necessary to fulfill this role
  • You need to have 2-3 years as a police officer behind you before being able to enter a mounted police role
  • A good level of fitness is required

Two mounted police officers within Australia have been kind enough to answer some questions about the role.  Be sure to check out the links below.

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“How to ride a horse: step one – mount the horse. Step two – stay mounted…” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Land Management (Equine)

How is Your Land Managed for Horses?

This week’s letter is L. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Jockey.

For any person who owns or leases a horse, they know that land is needed on which to keep it.  There are many properties out there with owners who are willing to keep horses for a fee (agistment or grazing rites).

Unfortunately, much land used for stock isn’t managed to be best of it’s productive capability.

If land is managed well, it will be more productive for horses, safer (less weeds and other pests, more protection from trees and shrubs, etc) and will be able to hold a greater number of horses, thereby earning the owner more financially.

If you have an interest in land management for equines, consider learning:

  • about soil science (as can be found in an agricultural degree)
  • about composting or putting nutrients back into the soil
  • what fodder sources are suitable to grow for horses
  • how biodiversity can benefit a property
  • about rotational or other forms of grazing/pasture management

For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“You know you’re a horse person when you consider a golf course as a waste of good pasture land.” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Jockey

This week’s letter is J. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Illustrators.

Many people who love riding fast horses dream of becoming a jockey later in life.  One great thing about this career choice is that you don’t have to wait until you’re over 18 to start it.  You do however need to develop a good riding seat and the ability to ride timed work.

Jockeys Need Many Skills

A jockey will need to be able to:

  • Keep their weight down (under 58 kilos is common in Australia)
  • Work early mornings
  • Ride large numbers of horses they may not have met before
  • Follow direction from trainers
  • Ride fast work
  • Travel for work

If weight is an issue for the avid rider, there is always the option of exercise riding instead of riding in races.  Jumps jockeys can also carry more weight, but this requires the added skill of taking jumps safely at high speed.  If in Pony Club in Australia, look up your local Speed to Safety event to learn about riding timed work.

For other posts that relate to this profession on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“If you start getting nervous about getting hurt you will be….If you are worringing about the danger it’s time to give up.” – Jason Weaver (jockey)

Friday Feature: Illustrators

This week’s letter is I.  If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Hospitality (Horses).

A Thelwell Cartoon via

Chances are if you like horses and books, you’ll have flicked through a Thelwell cartoon.  The illustrations in these short books really make it that much more appealing.

An illustrator who is good at their job may be able to find themselves work in the form of:

  • Book covers
  • Children’s books
  • Magazines
  • Business logos
  • Cartoon books or columns in a newspaper

Obviously the ability to draw is necessary to pursue this line of work.  In today’s technological age, being able to get those images onto a computer, or even draw them on a computer can greatly benefit the way you promote your skills and provide this service to clients all around the world.

If you love to draw and are keen to look into this further, take a look at:

“Your horse probably won’t go too far without you if there is some tasty grass around – remember to keep some handy if you anticipate falling off.” – The Horse Illustrated Guide to English Riding

Friday Feature: Hospitality (Horses)

This week’s letter is H (I only currently have one equine related career that starts with G – Graphic Design). If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Finances (Equine).

Everyone needs to eat.  If you can do so at a place that is horse themed in some way, all the better!  I have had a Christmas work break up at a Winery that used to be a horse stud and was decked out in some old stables – it was great!

I believe being able to provide hospitality with a horse related theme is only limited to the imagination.  A trail ride my husband and I went on last year had a 3 hour option that included lunch that was grown and cooked on the property where the horses were kept – a nice way to add to a horse ride!

A niche cafe in Melbourne or another major city that has horse mugs, saddles on frames as seats and horse themed food (carrot cake comes to mind) would also draw my attention 😉

If you have a desire to mix hospitality and horses, you may need:

  • equines or horse themed items
  • a facility that is horse related
  • cooking skills/qualifications

If you have a passion for horses, food and entertaining, then maybe the idea of hospitality with a horsey theme is worth considering!  For some posts that relate to this topic on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“Coffee, Chocolate, Cowboys… some things are just better rich.” – Author unknown

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