An Innovative and Sustainable Rocking Horse

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 6, 2011, 4:03 am


So I was flicking through the September issue of House and Garden yesterday and right at the back of the magazine was an item that caught my eye.  Yes, it was horse shaped! Although I didn’t grow up with a rocking horse as a kid, I know of many that did.  Eco Rocker is the latest rocking horse on sale and this one has a bit of an interesting twist to it!  Titled ‘Reggie’, he is made of flat packed cardboard, and is designed by Shell Thomas. Being made of cardboard, he’s
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Keep on Dreaming

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 6, 2011, 3:07 am


A few days ago I received an email asking what was happening with my novel in progress.  A reply and second email enlightened me to the fact that the person asking was Danielle Silvestri, author of Dancing Hooves. The idea for this book formed when I was studying in 2003/2004.  I’ve been writing it since then and despite having planned to finish the novel in 2009, find I’m still quite a way from that! Danielle’s emails commented on how being stagnant in writing for a time isn’t
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Chancey of the Maury River

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 24, 2011, 9:56 am


So!  This morning I finished this wonderful book that had been sent to me by Gigi to review.  I’ve very much enjoyed reading Chancey of the Maury River, finding the story to be delightful, interesting, showing depth and entertaining for any equine enthusiast. Gigi tells the tale of the outcast albino Appaloosa gelding, Chancey and his years in a riding school.  A dependable horse, Chancey is often overlooked and never appears to be a favourite to any of the rider’s he so dutifully
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Inglis Equine Art Prize 2011

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 24, 2011, 9:43 am


The well known Australian Thoroughbred bloodstock agents (amongst other things) are holding their annual art prize competition once again.  The theme for this year is ‘Life at the Stud‘. Entries have been accepted from New Zealand, Europe and the US as well as from within Australia. Entries close July 4th, 2011 so get a hurry on!  Prize money totalling $18,000 Australian dollar and an awesome opportunity to have your work showcased around New South Wales and Victoria should have the
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Horse Welfare Organisations

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 16, 2011, 8:03 am


We had a Care for Horses workshop this week for the Certificate II and III equine students that I help to teach. One area the students looked at is neglect and horse welfare, with some questions based around the equine organisation, Project Hope. That got me thinking about neglect and horse welfare in general and I thought it worth a post on such equine organisations. Perhaps your passion is to see horses restored to the physical condition they should be in, rather than the one that they sometimes
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Volunteer at Equitana 2011

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 10, 2011, 10:00 pm


It’s getting to that time of year again!  The large equestrian event Equitana is on the lookout for volunteers for this year. Held in Sydney this year, the event may be a great opportunity for those nearby to volunteer their services.  Often this results in working three to four shifts over a three day period but then having the rest of the time to check out: equestrian events saddlery clothing and book stalls many other horse related business that are advertising their products or services! Interested? 
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Equinology Course 2 Years Old

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 10, 2011, 1:58 am


Back in January of this year, I posted about an incredibly cheap offer for one of Equinology’s equine sports massage subjects/courses.  Always curious about courses on offer, I mentioned this to my boss and she, a workmate and I all ended up signing up for the course. Course moderator Debranne Pattillo has recently posted to the group announcing the two year anniversary of this course - congrats to the crew at Equinology! For those of you interested in anatomy and physiology of the horse
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Thoroughbred Stud Work in the Southern Hemisphere

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 10, 2011, 1:51 am


The breeding season is fast approaching down under and with it, jobs are popping up for those interested in working with stallions, broodmares and foals. Some of the latest jobs advertised at EquusConnect (http://www.equusconnect.com.au/) include positions at the big studs Darley Australia and Coolmore Australia as well as Rich Hill in New Zealand. Don’t forget, with the likes of Darley and Coolmore that are set up in varying countries around the world - the US, UK, Australia and Dubai, a
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Generating an Equine Related Income through Writing and Photography

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 4, 2011, 10:00 pm


I know I’ve touched on both of these possibilities before, but just wanted to remind people that they have options to use their skills, combined with their love of horses to start to generate some pocket money. It’ll take a lot more work to generate an income through the likes of writing articles for magazines, online sites such as Suite101 or other such avenues, but it is possible to start today, building up a profile for yourself as a writer and generating a small amount of money in the process.
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Those Who Follow the Crowd Get Lost In It

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 4, 2011, 9:08 am


It’s been a ridiculously long time since I posted! Don’t you love when life gets in the way? Things have been great but incredibly busy – sorry for a lack of posting. I’ve been studying for exams of late and reading up on a psychological test by Solomon Asch, which proves how people can cave to peer pressure or give up on ideas because the majority think it isn’t possible. Ever done that? Coming up to the end of the financial year, you may be reassessing goals and priorities and what you
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Chancey of the Maury River - Equine Novel

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 4, 2011, 8:55 am


I should be receiving a copy of Chancey in the mail shortly, to read and review. Keep a look out for a review of this children’s horse novel by author Gigi Amateu… If you’re an author and would like your horse book reviewed, feel free to drop me a line (darquette_@hotmail.com). I’m always looking for more books that will be suitable for my expanding children’s equine library! “On the night that Chancey is born, a “fire star” races across the sky, a signal that a great
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Profile On: Michelle Goodrick, Equine Massage Therapy

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 18, 2011, 9:52 pm


For an end of year dinner for the Certificate II in Horse Studies students we had two guest speakers to encourage the students about different career paths that they could undertake with horses.  Michelle Goodrick was one of these, being a nurse that also practices equine massage therapy and went with the Paralympic team to assist both horses and riders with regards to their physical wellbeing.  Michelle kindly answered some questions about her professions.  Have you always been interested in
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Sustainability on Horse Properties

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 6, 2011, 12:32 am


So back in November I went along to a free Equine Land Management seminar and planned a follow up with more information from the ever helpful Melbourne Water. For those who have stream river frontage on their property and are interested in making it more sustainable, help with regards to information and funding are available!  Take a look at Melbourne Water’s Stream Frontage Management Program. The program “provides funding for fencing off of waterway frontages, weed control, revegetation,
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Carol Green Memorial Scholarship

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 4, 2011, 7:20 am


Calling all wannabe equine body workers!  Debranne of Equinology.com has sent me an email about a scholarship that is on offer to anyone - and it sounds spectacular! A breakdown: EQ201 Equinology Equine Body Worker Course Retreat October 10 - 27, 2011 (three weeks) In Northern California at The Sea Ranch Course costs ($3000 worth) as well as a private bedroom and bathroom How awesome does that sound?  So what do you need to do? Be available on those dates in 2011 Be able to get yourself to
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Cheap Equine Anatomy Introductory Subject

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 3, 2011, 3:37 am


So reading through another horse magazine, I stumbled across the promise of a Free Equine Course.  Need I say more? Yes, there’s always a catch.  This one however, I believe is quite small and worth the look if you’re interested in pursuing study relating to Equine Anatomy.  Equinology.com are the owners of this particular offer. The ‘course’ is offered via distance education and is one subject or module from a few of their different courses available through the website. 
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Win a Horse Riding Holiday for Two

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 31, 2010, 2:39 am


So I’m reading some Hoofbeats magazines for work as they have some relevant articles for the breeding subjects I teach.  When I stumbled across this one, I thought it definitely worth sharing! Hoofbeats have listed a number of different riding holidays, their monetary worth and what is on offer in different states of Australia.  All you need to do is tell them if you won, which of these holidays you would choose and why!  Pretty straight forward Other conditions: Only one winner will
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Investing in Education for 2011

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 23, 2010, 11:53 pm


So because of this blog, there should be no surprises that I’m a big fan of educating oneself.  This doesn’t however always have to relate to doing a course and getting a piece of paper (although I’m a little addicted to this one!). December is the time of year where people often consider what they’ve achieved in the past twelve months and what they would like to achieve in the twelve months following.  It’s very easy to be optimistic coming into a New Year and it’s
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Inglis Equine Art Prize

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 18, 2010, 11:20 am


I’ve been very slack of late and promise I have quite a few posts to get up here - it’s just a question of doing so! One that may be of interest to fellow Australian’s (and those from around the world who aren’t familiar with Inglis may want to check out the entry form)  who are artists may be Inglis’ Equine Art Prize.  Commencing in 2011, the competition focuses on depicting the Thoroughbred industry - be that the horses, stables or people involved. Open to anyone
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Equine Land Management

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 21, 2010, 9:14 am


I’ve had an awesome day today at a free Jane Myers event put on by the ever kind, Melbourne Water.  Did you know that they help with funding for those wanting to protect waterways on their property within a certain area? The day was focused around horse property management and directed at those that own land in the Cardinia area that has water frontage.  Now, arguably I fit neither of those criteria, but it was free, around the corner from mum and dad’s and I didn’t want to miss
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Horsey Cards to Clients for Christmas

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 8, 2010, 7:53 am


So I’ve recently stumbled across Send Out Cards, shortly after reading Jordan Adler’s Beach Money.  Initially the appeal was finding out how to build up a residual income - who wouldn’t want one? But it’s since occurred to me the value of having online the opportunity to send out cards as you think to do so.  People often have the thought but lack the follow through.  Having a system set up online to be able to send out cards to a person or persons as you’re thinking
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