Category Archives: Horse Organisation

American Association of Professional Farriers

If you have a desire to go into farriery as a career, it’s worth knowing about your local association.  They can provide much in the way of business advice, educational training and even qualification details.  Not to mention promotion of your services, related farrier events and more.  The American Association of Professional Farriers has much to offer on their website.

I love that they have a Career Centre on their site.  It provides details on farrier schools, gaining a farriery qualification and even scholarships for the year that can be applied for.  If you want to start you career as a farrier in the US, this looks like the place to go!

There is also a mentoring program, by the looks of things.  If you have questions about farriery as a career, who better to go to then a mentor?  You can learn from someone who has already been there, done that!  You may be provided with insight that you wouldn’t otherwise gain.  Mentors can teach what not to do in particular situations and even give much needed encouragement.

The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education
The American Association of Professional Farriers | Equus Education

Tools are a much needed aid in the world of trimming horses’ feet.  On the Professional Farriers website you’ll even find links to different farrier supply stores.  This can help you to determine what your ongoing costs will be and how this will affect what you charge clients.

I think the mission statement on their website sums things up nicely:

“The American Association of Professional Farriers will promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continuing education and support at the state, national and international levels while improving overall equine health through collaboration with other industry professionals.”

The American Association of Professional Farriers

Back in 2001, issues of certification, publications, continuing education, alliances and professional relations for farriers were raised in a meeting held in Georgetown, Kentucky.  This led to a decision to start building the American Association of Professional Farriers.  This also led to the creation the Canadian Association of Professional Farriers and the International Association of Professional Farriers.  All three are governed by the same Board of Directors.

As I’ve said before on Equus Education, if you know of an association that helps to build and promote the industry you plan to go into, be sure you make use of its resources and contacts!  They’re there to help you.


Crusaders Equestrian Team – Christian Organization

I recently became aware of the Crusaders Equestrian Team, a Non-profit Christian Organization.  What do they do?  They focus on using their passion for horses and horse riding to make the world a better place.  I love this idea!

Want to know more?  A part of the mission statement on the Crusaders’ website indicates:

We are a non-profit Christian charity horse team.  We believe that through our strong beliefs, excellent horses, and the will to do good, we can make a difference in this crazy world!

We use rodeos and grand entries along with parades to promote the charities and causes that we believe in.

Crusaders Equestrian Team: do you Desire to Make a Difference with Horses?
Crusaders Equestrian Team: do you Desire to Make a Difference with Horses?

There are so many ways we can impact this world with horses.  I love the idea of the Crusaders and using their passion for riding to reach others.  Perhaps such a set up is of interest to you to take part in, or even create yourself?

If you’re in the United States and keen to check out the Crusaders Equestrian Team, then you may want to know about their calendar.  Sometimes the best way to establish a horse set up of your own, is to seek out a mentor.  Who better than someone who is already doing what you desire to do?

There are many horse related organizations in the world.  Often they are set up as not for profit and may require volunteers – this may be a way to gain experience and ideas for your own horse organization goals.  Don’t be afraid to make yourself available as a volunteer.  Often what you learn in this role is invaluable.

Attending horse events and developing contacts can only aid your horse goals.  Ask questions and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and your goals!

“There are many wonderful places in the world, but one of my favorite places is on the back of my horse.” – Rolf Kopfle

Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA)

In many countries you need to follow specific guidelines when it comes to medicating horses.  This can be particularly so as a horse carer or equine vet.  The Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority is one such organisation in the UK.

It states on their website:

AMTRA is an independent regulatory body in the UK. Their task is to ensure that the prescription and supply of animal medicines is undertaken in a responsible manner.  This is done by AMTRA qualified persons.

Whilst studying in Ireland, I was amazed to find that horse injections must be administered by the vet.  In Australia there was so much I was taught and then expected to do!  This often included administering injections.  Not so in Ireland!

Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority - a Great Initiative for Horse Welfare
Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority – a Great Initiative for Horse Welfare

It is important for horse health and welfare, that medications are administered correctly.  Having a body such as AMTRA helps to monitor this in the UK.

In fact, you can train to become an SQP (suitably qualified person) to administer medications.  At the end of the day, I feel all training regarding horses is worthwhile!

If you’re in the United Kingdom, are you aware of this organisation?  If you are aiming to become a veterinarian, I would hope so!  If you’re interested in what AMTRA offer to horse practitioners in the UK and you have a passion in this area, perhaps it’s a place to consider seeking work at?

So many equine related organisations need people that can assist in non hands on areas.  Consider website work, promotion of the organisation and office work.  Even if an organisation for the horse industry cannot be utilised by you, you may find that you can secure work in this field!  Food for thought.

“The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on.
It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better.” – Author Unknown