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The Confident Rider Project

Recently I discovered this group on Facebook and thought I’d take a look.  It’s an online group that is set as a challenge for riders in the year 2018.  The Confident Rider Project is aimed to be an online community to help people ride their horses, boost their confidence and achieve more in life.

From Dressage Music to Confidence Coaching

As the creator of this project has stated:

“My business has evolved over the last 5 years, from my dressage schooling music; ‘The Musical Ride Company’. Which still exists and is designed to help riders in a variety of ways (fitness, something interesting to do on those dark winter nights and confidence building.) Now I have expanded to create a support group /community and website for horse lovers all over the world to help with confidence building and equestrian lifestyle.”

If you’re interested in taking part in this project, I encourage you to look at the website and if you’re up for some freebies, be sure to check out the free tools, guidance and resources.

Want to read specifically about the Confident Rider Project?  You can find out about this six month program here.  If you sign u

The Confident Rider Project for 2018 | Equus Education

The Confident Rider Project for 2018 | Equus Education

p via this post, you can get the first month free.  You can check out the Facebook page via and join the group at

If you’re someone who wants to boost their confidence in riding horses, whilst working with them and in life in general, then perhaps you’d like to check out the Confident Rider Project.  It seems like a great initiative for 2018.

“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

Zoopharmacognosy and the Equine Species

Zoopharmacognosy and the Equine Species

Zoopharmacognosy and the Equine Species

So recently I’ve been made aware of the area of zoopharmacognosy. As with most things for this horse obsessed person, I got to thinking how it could relate to horses. Zoopharmacognosy and the equine species!

So what is this mouthful of a word? The section of the word pharm may have you thinking about pharmacies, pharmaceuticals and medication. Zoo relates to animals. Generally speaking, this term relates to animals self medicating on plants in their environment. They are able to choose to eat what they need to assist with particular maladies.

Like other animals, horses can do this if appropriate plants are available to them in their environment. Horses are typically seen as grazers – eating little and often in the form of grasses. They are also browsers and will eat various shrubs in their environment if these are palatable to them.

Zoopharmacognosy and the Equine Species

Equus Education has recently profiled Beth Chamberlin in this unique horse career area.  Why not read the profile to find out how she has turned equinepharmacognosy into a horse career?  As it states on her website:

‘Equinepharmacognosy is a hollistic approach to health and well being based on Applied Zoopharmacognosy.  The practice of animals self selecting plant extracts for environmental enrichment and homeostatic behaviour.  Unlock your horse’s innate ability by giving the choice to self select natural remedies.’

Reading how Beth offers horses the chance to choose between various herbal products, has me questioning if we can take this a step further.  What it we could put particular plants into our horses’ environment to allow them to eat these when needed?  I love the fact that as horse owners, we could potentially provide things in our horses’ environments to assist their health, naturally.

Surely we can specifically plant things, knowing that if a horse needs to ingest this plant, it can choose to do so!  Brilliant.  If not, being able to employ someone to provide various plant products to ailing horses so they can choose what they need is great.

A Chance to Come True (Copperhead Creek – Australian Romance #1) by S M Spencer

A Chance to Come True is the first book in the Copperhead Creek series.  In this, Caity Jones finds herself chasing a sea change. With a job that is stressful and unenjoyable and an ex-boyfriend who refused to commit to marriage and a family, Caity purchases a small acreage in country Australia and moves from her busy life in Werribee.

A Chance to Come True by S M Spencer

A Chance to Come True by S M Spencer

Willows is a tiny town, but it seems perfect for Caity. She can pursue her dream to write, have her horse on her property and enjoy the company of her cats. Dropping into the local feed store in preparation for her gelding’s arrival, she meets the owner Tom. The attraction is instant, but Caity isn’t sure it’s reciprocated. And besides, she moved to Willows to get away from men and to focus on writing.

In time Caity learns about Tom’s children and realises that he’s a married man. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with his eldest son, Porter and is soon giving him the chance to ride her horse Rocky. As Caity meets the rest of Tom’s children, she comes to develop a friendship with them and enjoys their company. Her interest in Tom doesn’t wane. In fact, it grows as she learns of his availability. It seems the attraction isn’t one-sided, also.

A Chance to Come True is an entertaining romance set in rural Australia. The characters are realistic and battling typical issues – insecurities about themselves and life. One aspect of the story I struggled with was Caity’s ex-boyfriend. At one point, his behaviour was incredibly inappropriate and it amazed me that she would allow him to leave without having to account for his actions. The topic of spousal abuse is touched on and I felt shouldn’t be left without police intervention. Otherwise the story is a nice romance with realistic issues in life.

Author – S M Spencer
Fiction – Adult
In my library – as an eBook it is.
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Equestrian Journalism – a Horse Writing Career

Recently I provided details on an internship at the Irish Field that related to equestrian journalism. In particular, it was focused on equestrian pursuits. In my head, a lot of horse related journalism pertains to racing. But at the end of the day, many people want to read about other horse riding pursuits, too!

There are Olympic equestrian events and of course great horse events around the world that focus on Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country riding.  Or what about polo or polocrosse tournaments? For the person who loves to write and who loves horses, the idea of equestrian journalism may be appealing.  So why not consider it as a career possibility?

Equestrian Journalism could Cover Racing, Olympic Events or other Horse Events

Equestrian Journalism could Cover Racing, Olympic Events or other Horse Events

So what would you need to do? Having skill for writing is one thing; being qualified in the area of journalism is another. You can undertake a journalism degree which will take you four years at the likes of Melbourne University, Australia.

In this way, you can choose any undergraduate degree and then go on for a fourth year to focus on journalism.  If this is the case, be sure to choose a degree that links in with your horse focus – equine science or agriculture, perhaps.

Other options include undertaking a Diploma level qualification, as offered on the Morris Journalism Academy.  The course can be as short as 12 weeks, up to 2 years and done via distance.

Equestrian Journalism as a Career

Once you’re qualified, what then? Well if you want to focus on horses, it is best to make contact with newspapers or magazines that cover horse events. Reach out to places that are local to you.  Alternatively, look for places that you can write for online and provide pieces this way.

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Clockers – Keeping Time at the Racetrack

Recently reading a novel by Alex Brown, I was made aware of another job at the racetrack. Although I know that horse races are timed and records set and broken, I was ignorant to one group of people. These people are known as clockers. They work at the racetrack to clock and make record of the time in which a horse runs in its morning workouts.

These official timings are recorded and published in the Racing Form, apparently. This information is utilised for handicapping.

It states in an article on clockers as a job:

“Clockers must keep an accurate record of the fractional and final times for each workout taking place on the track. A copy of the official clocker report (including horse, trainer, distance, fractional times, and final time) must be provided to the racing stewards and racing secretary each day.
All workouts must then be published for review by the handicapping public in the track program and Daily Racing Form.”

Clockers – Timing Horses as a Job

For those who may consider this as a potential horse career, there are a few things to note. One, early mornings are a given. Many start work at 5am to be able to catch the times of the first horses training. Two, the job also requires commitment 6 – 7 days a week. It does however, leave afternoons free to pursue a second job or other interests.

Clockers are Responsible for Timing Horses in their Workouts

Clockers are Responsible for Timing Horses in their Workouts

A search online reveals that no particular qualification is required to be a clocker. However, a high school certificate is encouraged. The individual also needs to be able to multitask and pay attention to detail. For those who want to pursue working in the racing industry in a different role, being a clocker may be of interest.

Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Did you know that Equus Education is on Pinterest? What may particularly interest you is the board that contains Free Horse Resources on Pinterest! Whether they are products that have already been discussed on Equus Education in the free resource category, or my free horse related resources at TeachersPayTeachers or other free horse related products that I have come across, they will be pinned here.

As I discover more resources or am told about others, then they will be added to the board. You can choose to follow the board and stay up to date with all the pins.

Discover Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Discover Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

If you follow Equus Education on Pinterest, then you will automatically be set to follow all the boards:

  • Horse Educational Resources
  • Horse Books
  • Free Horse Resources
  • Horse Careers
  • Horse Educational Institutions

The idea is that this account will lead you to sites that help you to further your horse education and career! Have an idea for a board that you feel should be included on Equus Education? Leave a comment and let me know!

Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Of course I feel that for anything that is horse related and free, you can’t lose!  So keep an eye on the board for Free Horse Resources on Pinterest.  You never know, you may just find something you really enjoy or that is of benefit to you and your horse career!

There are many social media avenues out there that provide horse related resources.  Be sure to check out Equus Education on Pinterest and follow so that you can stay up to date for whenever new freebies are added!

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh



Rating Stables Online

The use of the internet seems to help make many businesses truly accountable for their customer service.  I was recently made aware of Stable Rating, a place where you can rate the stable you keep your horse at and previous stables where your horse has been boarded.

I can see how this website could be of great benefit to horse owners and stable owners alike.  If you just love where you keep your horse, then you’ll want to give the place a 5 star rating and let others know about it.

Rating Stables Online - would you do it?

Rating Stables Online – would you do it?

Likewise, if as a business you have many happy boarders, then this can be used to generate further business.  Rating stables online allows customers to easily identify what they like about a boarding place.  It also helps stable owners to promote their services and adjust what they offer to meet client needs.

The more people who take the opportunity to rate where they board their horse, the better.  This means that more people searching for a place can benefit.  Perhaps you’re looking for a place that feeds twice a day, rugs and unrugs, turns horses out to pasture and provides exercise.  Or you just want a place where you can put your equine friend out at pasture with other horses.  Whatever your desire, you can find out about others’ experiences for varying boarding stables around the world.

At this stage the website looks like it’s still in it’s infancy.  Some countries such as Australia don’t have any listings and many stables have only been rated by one person.  Why not check it out and add/rate where you keep your horse?  I know when I set up my agistment property in the future, I’ll be keen to know what others think of the services I offer.

And perhaps in time this free service will be able to bring in money for the creators through the likes of advertising or some form of paid membership on the site.

“For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.” – Melissa James

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

The second book in the Phantom Stallion series, Mustang Moon finds Samantha Forster once again fighting for the Phantom’s freedom. A stallion is snatching mares from ranches and Linc Slocum is convinced it is the Phantom.

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

In a bid to catch the stallion and also gain the return of his prize Appaloosa mare, Slocum offers a reward. The financial sum is for whomever can catch the stallion and return his mare unharmed.

Sam is devastated to think that the local area could soon be swarming with non horsey people trying to catch her beloved horse. She knows they will be drawn to the area for the money.

With her friend Jake, Sam devises a plan that will have two benefits. She knows if she catches the horses, then she can save her beloved Phantom and use the money to help her father’s struggling ranch. There is one thing however, she needs to catch the real stallion that is stealing mares, not her beloved Phantom.

Sam knows another horse is responsible for the missing mares. She’s seen him in action. She just doesn’t know how she’s going to prove it to anyone.

As a new role at school provides her with an opportunity to get proof, Sam jumps on it. She just needs for everything to fall into place so she can get photos of the stallion stealing the mares, capture and return the expensive Appaloosa to Slocum and gain the reward. Can she do it?

Mustang Moon is a great follow on from the first book in the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley. It features the main characters of Sam, her father and grandmother and of course Jake. The added challenge of returning to school and developing friends is also thrown into this novel, providing another area to learn about Sam and the challenges she faces as she grows up.

Author: Terri Farley
Fiction – teen
In my library? Along with many others in the series!
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Equine Business Start-Up Funding

For many people, the idea of starting their own business is an exciting one. Perhaps you have an idea for an equine business start-up. You have the skills. You have the knowledge. You even know how you can promote your product or service. You are missing something however – funds.

I have recently been reading the Great British Entrepreneur’s Handbook. One of the chapters focuses on enterprise education. Alice Barnard writes about Tycoon in Schools. This is an initiative where students are encouraged to pursue a business idea.

For those who provide a promising looking business idea, they are provided with funding. The sum of 1,000 pounds is to make use of over a 12 week period to get their business up and running and also turning a profit. At the end of this time, students are required to pay back the loan of 1,000 pounds but they can use the left over profits as they see fit. This can be donated to a charity, further invested in their new business or spent on something else.

Equine Business Idea: do you have one?

Equine Business Idea: do you have one?

Equine Business Start-Up Funding

How does this relate to equine businesses? What if there was a business that provided funding to equine related start-ups? This would need to be run by people that are able to cover two areas:

  • Finances
  • Business education and skills

It would be irresponsible of anyone to provide funding for an idea with no guarantee of a return. However, those who are starting out with a business idea often just need some funds to kick things into motion. Many however, will also need guidance about what is smart in business. If they are provided with funding and some education about how to promote their business, then they are more likely to succeed.

So perhaps here is another niche idea for an equine related business. And also one that helps to kick-start other equine careers!

The people who set up a business to provide funding for equine business start-ups could also prove to be a great boost to the equine industry. They could be the catalyst to help people launch a product like a horse text book, horse clothing or jewellery. Or perhaps a horse business that provides a service relating to competition preparation, sale presentation, education or something else.


CAFRE Equine Industry Projects

The College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise are currently looking for people to take part in a couple of equine industry projects they are planning. The projects focus on Equine Weight Management and Equine Parasite Control.

Often projects are only made successful by the number of people able to participate. The more numbers there are, then the more accurate the results will be. Interested? Read below.

Equine Industry Projects: can you Take Part?

Equine Industry Projects: can you Take Part?

The Equine Weight Management Project

Focusing on the promotion of equine weigh tapes, weigh bridges and fat scoring as assessing horse’s weight. The project aims to promote them as viable means to maintain horses at a healthy body weight.

It is proposed that this project will aid owners in identifying whether their horse is at an ideal weight, overweight or underweight. This will then help to calculate appropriate amounts of feed and medication for that particular horse.

Project participants will submit their horses weigh tape and fat score results to CAFRE on a monthly basis via an online form.

The Equine Parasite Control Project

Focused on the horse population in Northern Ireland, this project will look at viable parasite detection methods.

Project participants will submit their results to CAFRE on a quarterly basis via an online form.

Are you interested in participating in either of these projects?  Then be sure to check out the equine industry support link.

The fact that you can submit your results online means you don’t need to be at a certain place at a certain time – just able to access the internet! Doing so monthly or quarterly should also help the busy horse owner. You can make a note of results and then submit these at set times.

If you’re interested and believe you can be a part of either (or both!) of these projects, then be sure to check out the Equine Industry Projects.

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