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A Horse Riding Career

You can Improve Your Riding Skills Daily

Planning on getting a career riding horses for a living? If you have access to a horse right now, you may want to consider checking out Strides for Success.

I posted about this idea originally because I thought what a great thing – to get riding lessons and advice via audio that you can utilise whilst riding!

I have also signed up to their mailing list and love that on a regular basis they send out an email with regards to improving your riding.  If you want to ride horses for a living, why not make use of these free resources to develop yourself now?

“When riding my horse I no longer have my heart in my chest, but between my knees.” – Author unknown

Underwear for the Equestrian

Now I thought I’d seen most everything in the world of horse related products and careers, but this one is new to me! Providing underwear specifically for those who horse ride, Derriere Equestrian looks like it has a great set up and product range.

To find a stockist near you, check out  Perhaps if you run a saddlery or the like, they may be worth looking into for your store!

“Beauty, delicacy and position-these were the foundations of courtly equestrianism.” – Henning Eichberg

Eventing Scholarship

Do you know about the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship?  I’m sure if you’re a mad keen eventer who dreams of taking on the world at a high equestrian level, you do!  But if not, why not look into it?

For anyone who dreams of making use of a scholarship to further their equine career, knowing terms and conditions is vital. Take a look at the terms for this year’s scholarship that has already been awarded – it may benefit you for future chances to enter.

“Three-day eventing… gruelling test of elegance, skill, and endurance that makes both horse and rider appreciate the fourth day!” – Author unknown

Friday Feature: Horse Rider

What Type of Riding do you Dream of Doing?

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

Now this is a broad category that probably requires a bit more of a set focus.

It is possible to ride horses for a living, but the discipline in which you do so will dictate your hours of work, skills required in the saddle and even potential to earn income.

Although all are horse riding related, it is very different to play polo for a living, exercise racehorses, ride horses as a jockey, aim to reach the Olympics as an eventer or excel in dressage.

Someone who is interested in pursuing a career as a professional horse rider should consider:

  • Getting as many hours in the saddle on varying horses as possible
  • Finding a good instructor to guide them
  • Setting goals to achieve results at competitions
  • Which discipline they want to focus on after becoming established as a rider

Horse riding is a great sport; if you can make a living from it and are passionate about it – all the better!  It doesn’t necessarily mean needing to have your own horse – you can rider other peoples’ horses for a living.  The difficult bit is proving your capabilities so that others will want you to ride for them.

What Type of Riding do you Dream of Doing?

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

“A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper. But a bad rider won’t hear his horse even if it screams at him!” – Author unknown

101 Western Dressage Exercises

101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider by Jec Aristotle Ballou and Stephanie Boyles is a very handy resource!  Aside from the terms jog and lope, I far from feel this is a book that will benefit those only interested in Western riding! In fact, can I say that everyone who wants to improve their riding and communication with their horse should read this book?

101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider by Jec Aristotle Ballou and Stephanie Boyles

These authors have put together an amazing assortment of short exercises for the beginner, intermediate and advanced rider to help them hone the responsiveness of their mount. The diagrams are clear and easy to follow, the instructions direct and the benefits detailed before each exercise – as well as some hints to the rider. They appear to me to be easy to follow, full of enriching information and inspiring action. Seriously, a great book!

If you’re someone who instructs or has a desire to teach others, the 101 exercises in this book will allow you to easily take a hold of one or two and use them to fill a riding lesson for students. They will learn many, many exercises that they can use to effectively make their horse lighter to their aids; able to work straight and have an awareness of where their horse’s feet are being placed.

To be able to carry out such exercises as a rider, you don’t need a myriad of props. The diagrams are explained in a 60 x 20 metre arena, but having cones set out with the usual dressage letters in the same dimension would work, too. Poles are suggested for some exercises.

101 Western Dressage Exercises provides chapters on softness, looseness, rider development, engagement, adjustability and a last chapter on ground work. This is followed by a glossary of terms that are consistently used in the book.  The book does not explain how to carry out actions such as the turn on the forehand or haunches, but instead this is assumed knowledge and it makes use of such movements to bring about certain responses in the horse.

Being a NetGalley copy, I only had access to read it over a short period, so will now need to go buy myself a copy – I can see it will have many, many benefits to myself as a rider and help with guiding others, should I pursue the road of teaching horse riding once again.

Authors – Jec Aristotle Ballou and Stephanie Boyles
Non Fiction – horse riding
In my library – Not yet!  But I’m rapt to have had the opportunity to read it.
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

“If training has not made a horse more beautiful, nobler in carriage, more attentive in his behavior, revealing pleasure in his own accomplishment…then he has not truly been schooled in dressage.” – Col. Handler

Gap Year Equine Experiences

On Trail in South Africa

Uni sent out a message to the equine science students about conservation work in South Africa and I thought I’d scout the website for horse related work!  Found two that may be of interest to the student keen to take some time off school next year and get in some horse experience overseas – what could be more appealing?

  1. South Africa Horse Riding and Conservation Experience – this one seems to me a great opportunity to clock up hours in the saddle, gain conservation experience and perhaps add to the resume with the view to being a game ranger or even zoo worker in the future.
  2. Australian Jackaroo / Jillaroo School – a great chance to visit the land down under and learn about the cowboy way, mustering cattle and shearing sheep!

“How to ride a horse: Step One – Mount the horse. Step Two – Stay mounted…” – Author unknown

Land and Horses

Fees for Public Use

Hubby was kind enough to indulge me last month and take us for a drive to a nearby reserve that is utilised for a local Pony Club.  This particular reserve is open to the public and can be utilised for a small fee for those in need of horse riding facilities.

Keen to offer something similar on our future property, I was eager to see what was on offer and how good the facilities were.  It was exciting to see an area with fenced off and maintained arenas, tie up areas for horses and a relatively spectacular collection of cross country jumps dotted about cleared areas between native trees.  Definitely got me dreaming about future goals!

Cross Country Jumps at the Reserve

Perhaps you have a love of horses and some land that could be put to use for the fellow equestrian. There would definitely be establishment costs and ongoing maintenance and gardening, but perhaps this is an area where you can invest and find a return in the equestrian world?

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

Friday Feature: Track Rider

This week’s letter is T. If you missed last week’s Friday Feature, take a look at Steward.

Many people love the idea of riding fast horses – not me, I’m a sook!  Although they may aspire to be a jockey, their physique may not make this possible.  It is however possible to be taller and weigh more than a jockey and still ride track work.  That is, ride horses on a racecourse in anticipation for race day.

Does Riding Fast Horses Appeal to You?

In fact for many, the opportunity to become a jockey is first formed through riding track work.

If riding racehorses appeals to you, consider:

  • A need to know racing rules and regulations
  • The need to ride horses at timed work
  • Early hours will be a non negotiable
  • Busy days will often be race days, which will include weekend work
  • Riding happens at most stables 6 days a week and will involve riding many different horses each morning

You need to have your track rider’s license to be able to ride racehorses for a trainer.  For other posts that relate to this area of work on Equus-Blog, take a look at:

“What a creature he was! Never have I felt such a horse between my knees. His great haunches gathered under him with every stride, and he shot forward ever faster and faster, stretched like a greyhound, while the windbeat in my face and whistled past my ears.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

Ambition by Natalie Keller Reinert

I was able to gain a copy of Ambition around it’s release and have just finished reading this entertaining and informative eventing novel by Natalie Keller Reinert.

Ambition by Natalie Keller Reinert

Well titled, Ambition follows the desires and hard work of twenty one year old Jules Thornton.  Jules wasn’t in the equine industry to make friends; in fact people seem a lot more work than her trustworthy equines.  Ambitious to a fault, the young woman focuses all her energy and time on running the 10 acre property she has secured in a bid to make it to the big time as a trainer and rider.

Hard working and talented, Jules’ riding capabilities are noticed, but it seems a young woman with ambition isn’t what horse owners are looking for in a trainer.  Jules finds frustration in others telling her to take her time getting to the top.

The most frustrating of all is the confusing advice from rival rider Peter Morrison.  Convinced she can prove them all wrong, Jules keeps her eye on the goal at the expense of friendships and something that could blossom into more.

A realistic and humorous novel, Reinert displays her obvious knowledge for horses in this story that focuses on event riders and their desire to make the big time.  A great adult novel, well worth the read.

Author: Natalie Keller Reinert
Fiction – adult
In my library? As an eBook, yes!  I was able to gain a copy around the time of it’s release and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to read and review it.
Want it? Get it now on Amazon.

“Three-day Eventing … a gruelling test of elegance, skill, and endurance that makes both horse and rider appreciate the fourth day!” – Author unknown

Speed to Safety – Educating Young Riders

I was really excited when I started learning about counting strides before and between jumps, and correctly executing it.  The same may be said for the horse rider who learns to ride a certain number of strides per minute, especially one who dreams of riding racehorses or eventing hoses for a living.

Being able to ride a horse at a particular pace over a predefined distance is a skill.  Pony Club’s Speed to Safety event focuses on developing riders to do exactly this.

If you Could Gallop Down one of Australia’s Well-known Racetracks, Would you?

In 2012, the winners of heats from different pony clubs around the state met at Moonee Valley racecourse to compete for first place in their event.  In 2013, the race was held at Caulfield Racecourse.  What a coo to be able to say you raced on either of these tracks!

It seems according to the Pony Club Victoria website that Speed to Safety is going ahead for 2014 also.  Tatura have a qualifying event being carried out on March 29th, while the state event qualifier will be held on April 26th and it seems that the finals are again to be held at Caulfield Racecourse, on February 7, 2015.

For those who dream of riding fast horses for a living and are a part of a Victorian Pony Club, this would be well worth looking into.

“Each leg in it’s gallop seems to stream with a rush of speed as though from a bucket of water poured o’er the field.” – Arabian Poet

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