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Profile On: Rachael Loucks, The Essential Equestrian

Rachael is involved in educating people with regards to equine science and other horse related tasks.  She kindly took the time to answer some questions about her new venture, the Essential Equestrian.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
About a 1/3 of my day is dedicated to horses during the week. Weekends more. If I’m writing curriculum or teaching, I’m *thinking* about horses a lot but I might not be physically with a horse (except for my barn chores)

What is it exactly that you do?

  1. I design equine science curriculum for a local technical college
  2. I teach some basic equine science courses at a local technical college
  3. I teach others how to use essential oils with their horses, dogs, and family through my business The Essential Equestrian
  4. I do some show judging
  5. I scribe dressage and western dressage shows
The Essential Equestrian: what is Essential to you for your Horses?

The Essential Equestrian: what is Essential to you for your Horses?

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
I do not yet make a liveable income off of my work with equines. I’m in a bit of a transition period and am in the process of slowly building my business while slowly decreasing my non-equine work.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I read a ton, attend as many clinics as possible, and have offered to volunteer many places in order to gain knowledge. I haven’t been afraid to go out on a limb and share my big dreams/goals with people (which, interestingly enough, do not involve any sort of big equine events).

Favourite horse memory?
I had a pony, named Misty, who would really allow me to just be a nut around her. She was tolerant and forgiving to the rider.

Future goals?
We’d like to open a Veterans program on our property and start an agriculture based charter school for high school students.  (Long term-BIG goals 😉 )

Best thing about your sport/profession?
I love when I see the “light bulb” click on for someone. I like watching them grow in partnership with their horse.

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