I Want a Pony

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 10, 2008, 10:00 pm


The first of the Pony Pals series, this story starts out with Lulu unhappily stuck at her grandmother’s house while her dad is away on an exciting adventure that she should be on also. Finding her grandmother to be ‘too proper’, Lulu feels stifled and sets out exploring the town, stumbling across a pair of girls who have their own ponies and a track between their two houses that seems to be used only by the pair. Desperately loving horses and wanting one of her own, it’s not too long before
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Workable Barriers

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 10, 2008, 10:16 am


Not exactly what you’d consider a full time career, perhaps being a Barrier Attendant is something for the person keen to continue hands on work with horses while being in amongst the racing scene. OH&S has really stepped up in the racing industry in Victoria with Barrier Attendants now being highly visible on televised race days in their uniform including personal protective equipment. “The protective equipment will include a helmet, steel-capped boots and sunglasses and is the
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Hardly a Handicap

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 8, 2008, 6:20 am


Referring to more than just horse racing, the word handicap comes from the term hand-in-cap.  In the 17th century this was a popular lottery game were players bets were placed in a cap. These days with reference to horse racing, it’s a bit more involved and there are also races known as Handicaps.  A handicap is assigned to a horse dependent on their racing history and relates to the weight that horse carries over a particular distance or race. For example, one horse may be in a race and
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Polo

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 5, 2008, 12:08 pm


When carrying out my first yearling preparation in late 2003, I got to talking with the woman I was living and working with about my interest in Polo. Honestly, I have never seen a match – whether in person or on film and I am still far from knowing all the rules but this book was suggested to me as an interesting fictional read that was focused around Polo. I did learn the basics of the game which was great and Jilly Cooper has written in some great characters, ‘the heavenly twins’ being
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Work Alongside Education

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 2, 2008, 10:00 pm


Well over the weekend just past I’ve been lining up work on a horse property where the owner will allow me one day a week off to stud. I’m due to start for the new year and have been seeking agistment in the same area. Finding the perfect house to buy would have topped the weekend off and in the future being accepted into the course I’ve applied for would be the icing on the cake. I’m sure I’ve already been one to push or advocate the idea of gaining a qualification while working, but
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The Silver Brumby

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 2, 2008, 11:57 am


This is one of the first horse books that I remember reading and rereading and reading again. Set in the high country of Australia, the book focuses around the nuances and lifestyles of the Australian wild horse, the brumby. Thowra, the first born creamy horse out of the cream mare Bel Bel is born into a world where men roam the high country in search of brumbies that they can rope and take for their own. A world where every other stallion would be doubly against him due to his unusual colouring. Realising
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Profile On: Brooke Charteris, Kentucky Equine Research

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 30, 2008, 12:22 pm


Working for Kentucky Equine Research in Australia, Brooke Charteris came out to speak to some of my students a couple of months back.  Obviously enthusiastic about her role of informing others with regards to the nutrition and welfare of their horses, her advice was great and definitely worth storing for future use. Recently she’s been representing KER at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and shortly after was in New Zealand for work.  When she found some time to spare she kindly answered some questions
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Long Term Aid

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 28, 2008, 11:31 pm


Feed a man today; he goes hungry tomorrow.  Teach a man to fish; feed him then, for life. I thought it the coolest thing last year that with my earned points on my credit card, I could purchase a goat as this was offered as one of the reward points choices.  Why would I want a goat? The card is a World Vision card where a small percentage of the amount I spend on the card is donated to World Vision.  This was appealing when looking into what sort of credit card I would get.  But all the better
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The Danger

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 27, 2008, 11:00 pm


I think I should be reading my Dick Francis novels in order of year published rather than alphabetically, but oh well.  I’ve recently finished The Danger and so far have found this novel to be slightly different to the rest - a good kind of different. The main character, Andrew Douglas of Liberty Market is used to dealing with kidnappers, negotiating ransoms and freeing hostages. He is not so familiar with the horse world - in fact, rather far from it.  This doesn’t stop Andrew finding
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Stewarding

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 27, 2008, 3:19 am


Have a love for the racing industry and think that you’d be the sort of person to keep rules enforced and everyone playing fair? Ensuring that the Rules of Racing are adhered to, stewards are responsible for the conducting of race meetings.  Duties surround those that help to control and regulate racing. Within Australia, employment happens through the Principle Racing Authority of each State and all stewards start as a Cadet Steward. In the US, whether it be for harness racing, the gallops
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Ministry with Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 24, 2008, 10:31 am


I think the idea of working and gaining a qualification will forever be appealing to me. For those interested in ministering to others that are as passionate about horses as their faith, perhaps the likes of Attunga Youth Ministries Pty Ltd - a not for profit Christian outreach camp - would be of interest to you. The aboriginal word for High Place, ‘Attunga’ is located in New South Wales, Australia above the Wingecarribee and Wollondilly rivers. Attunga offer an Internship which at the
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Come to Grief

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 23, 2008, 11:15 am


The author of 41 novels, Dick Francis is a name that has only really become familiar to me over the past couple of years.  I found a hard back cover of Shattered for sale at a cheap price and the interesting story that revolved around a glass blower had me curious until the end. I now have 24 of his 41 novels and will eventually have them all in my library. Come to Grief focuses on the jumps jockey turned investigator, Sid Halley who it seems has bitten off more than he can chew when accusing a
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Hippotherapy

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 20, 2008, 6:21 am


I’m rather becoming fond of working part time as a clerk in a hospital and seem to be finding out more about horse related careers than I do when on the stud!  The latest is Hippotherapy which combines horse riding (generally with the help of the ingenious setup that is Riding for the Disabled) and the likes of a trained therapist (occupation, physical and speech). The particular fact sheet provided to me was put together in conjunction with Pegasus, Riding for the Disabled of ACT.  Hippotherapy
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Rocking Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 16, 2008, 9:00 pm


The Living Horse Museum in Chantilly was an eye opener to some of the important roles that horses have played in history as well as personal roles in peoples’ lives.  Some horse related collections I hadn’t considered, included a room full of carousel horses as well as some wooden rocking horses on display outside. Despite not growing up with a rocking horse somewhere in the household, the idea of horses was no doubt instilled at a young age. I do however believe it is these gorgeous
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Horses = …poverty?

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 14, 2008, 9:00 pm


I stumbled across the Blog Action Day Friday night (Oct 10) thanks to statcounter and was very curious about the general idea.  Basically, bloggers around the world unite on a particular day (October 15) and write about a particular topic.  The idea is to spark worldwide discussion on the given topic.  This year’s is Poverty.  What an amazing idea! The idea - don’t change your blog to fit the topic; match the topic to your blog style.  The result?  A great many readers to your
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In Search of a Wild Brumby

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 13, 2008, 11:53 am


As someone who’s collecting as many horse books as possible with the view to have them available in a library on my property for all to read, it seemed it was about time I started to review the books I own… and other horse related books that I’ve read. The plan for my library is to have a room full of books (hopefully in excess of 800) that line the walls and on a day that the weather doesn’t allow horse riding, all the agistees and clients of the riding school will be able
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For the Blogging Obsessed

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 10, 2008, 11:54 pm


Check out Blog Action Day before October 15. In a nutshell, this site promotes bloggers all around the world to unite on a particular date and write a piece under the same topic.  This year’s is poverty.  Take a look if you’re interested in participating in this event that has over 7,200 bloggers signed up.
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Profile On: Karl Anderson, Ravenswood School of Jousting.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 10, 2008, 11:33 pm


Relive a sport that is 900 years old: jousting.  Founders of the American Jousting Federation, the Ravenswood School of Jousting is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Karl Anderson, the owner of the school kindly took the time to answer some questions regarding the school and jousting. Have you always been interested in horses and when did your interest in jousting begin? I have always loved horses, and all animals for that matter. I became interested in jousting around 2000, but the opportunity
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Profile On: JoAnn Dawson, Equine Author

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 7, 2008, 12:17 pm


A horse lover since childhood, JoAnn S. Dawson lives with her husband Ted and their two sons on a horse farm in Maryland, where they operate a bed & breakfast and offer riding lessons, carriage rides, horse shows and a summer camp. She teaches Equine Science at a local college and is an actress and animal wrangler for film and television. Originally self-published, the Lucky Foot Stable series was a finalist for three national book awards. Have you always been interested in horses and what are
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Work or Study?

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 4, 2008, 7:56 am


October already.  As someone who is moving once again at the end of the year and possibly getting into teaching full time, I’m rather aware at the moment of the school term, end of year exams and preferences.  And let’s face it, it wasn’t that long ago that I was having to put in preferences for after high school. For those who are considering the horse industry and related studies, don’t let a course acceptance ascertain if you’re going to do something with horses
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