A Little Housekeeping…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 19, 2008, 5:47 am


Just apologising to those who see a post one minute and the next it’s gone or those that are subscribed to this blog in a reader and are seeing doubles! I’m having a few problems with my server and consequently posts are disappearing and I’m having to repost them… At least then they seem to stay put! For those of you writing horse related posts and looking for a bit of advertising, don’t forget the next Horse Blog Carnival is to be held at Innstyle Montana and you can
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Profile On: Dameon Willich, Warhorse Challenge.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 18, 2008, 5:13 am


Dedicated to giving every horse person the chance to test themselves and their mounts in events like horseback sword techniques, lancing rings and horse archery, the Warhorse Challenge Association offers venues where you and your horse can put on armor or perhaps war paint and compete against like-minded equestrians. Dameon Willich of the WCA kindly answered some questions regarding this intriguing association. Have you always been interested in horses and when did the Warhorse Challenge Association
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Profile On: Tom Croce, Stable Architecture

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 15, 2008, 11:05 am


  I stumbled across Thomas L. Croce Architects not too long ago and was absolutely blown away by the gorgeous designs of stables and other equestrian facilities. Tom kindly took the time to answer some questions about this line of work and for those interested, how you may go about getting into designing such facilities. Have you always been interested in horses and when starting out in architectural design, was this horse related or something that developed later? I got started in horses as
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Pastures for Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 13, 2008, 1:28 pm


Droughts can be one of the biggest enemies of those who utilise their land to keep livestock going. Consequently, it is worth investing in someone who can help us to maintain pastures to the best of our capabilities and price range. This should help to minimise potential costs in regards to keeping our horses fed. On my dream 400 acres, I plan to have 300 acres for the agistment (livery) of 100 horses. This way I’ll have the chance to rotate pastures, making sure the property doesn’t
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Profile On: Tammy Raine, Giddyupgirl.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 7, 2008, 1:30 pm


Known as the Billabong for the horse lover, giddyupgirl is the inspiration of Tammy Raine who came to realise the lack in funky fashion products available for horse crazy teens when her 13 year old was at Horse Training Camp. Concluding she could fix this problem by producing this niche market, Tammy did her research and started on the idea right away. The result is giddyupgirl. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start designing clothes for those who are often on or around
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Profile On: Tammy Raine, Giddyupgirl.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 6, 2008, 1:25 am


Known as the Billabong for the horse lover, giddyupgirl is the inspiration of Tammy Raine who came to realise the lack in funky fashion products available for horse crazy teens when her 13 year old was at Horse Training Camp. Concluding she could fix this problem by producing this niche market, Tammy did her research and started on the idea right away. The result is giddyupgirl. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start designing clothes for those who are often on or around
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Stable Architecture

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 4, 2008, 6:22 am


  Picture it - 20 stalls, 10 on either side of a breezeway that is as wide as the 12′(3.6m) x 12′ boxes. Rug racks on each door that double as somewhere to hang a head collar and lead rope. A hay rack, built in or removable feeder, automatic waterer or perhaps you prefer a bucket that can be topped up daily. Concrete flooring or tiles that heat up or maybe a rubber matting. An architect can design all of these things, providing you with your dream stable on paper and quite possibly the
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Wire or Wood and Why?

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 2, 2008, 1:33 pm


During TAFE while planning a stud on an unlimited budget (I wish) for an assignment, as a class we were encouraged to consider fencing, what type we’d prefer but to also recognise for those studs on a budget what type of fencing is more likely to be used and the advantages/disadvantages of the different types. If on a budget, it had been pointed out to us that the class of horse should be considered. For example, for paddocks or yards that are inclined to house mares and foals, then perhaps
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Saddle Covers

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 30, 2008, 4:42 am


I was going through with some of the kids their handy mount, show jumping and agility yesterday for the 2008 EFA Mitavite Victorian Interschool Championships (boy is that a mouthful!) and had a girl in the group that I’ve not met before. She had a gorgeous pony, gorgeous gear to match and this really eye catching saddle cover - I just loved it! Turns out that she bought it on eBay along with a cover for her riding helmet, bridle bag and apparently the woman that makes and sells them does other
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Floating Along

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 26, 2008, 11:10 am


Be it a horse float, trailer or a horsebox, there’s no doubt that these ‘vehicles’ for transporting our horses come in all shapes and sizes to suit the demand of the buyer. Personally, I’d love to have a three horse float that is an angle loader… oh, to find the money! Whether they be single, double, angle loaders, made to live in as well as travel horses, with a divider or without, they can be purchased from a myriad of suppliers and custom made. For someone who loves
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Profile On: Angela Hook, Wire Inspire

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 23, 2008, 12:27 pm


As someone who really isn’t artistic, I’m amazed at what I find others doing with horse related things, or depicting how we see horses whether it be through photography, sculpting, painting, drawing, you name it. One site that I’ve recently found is Wire Inspire and inspire it sure does! Artist Angela Hook took the time to answer some questions regarding her unique art. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start bringing horses into your wire artwork? Yes,
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One Step at a Time…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 23, 2008, 12:02 pm


I just had an absolutely wonderful weekend. Organising a Sunday off from teaching so that I could have the whole weekend free, I headed on up to Wangaratta to catch up with mates and play. And play I did! My idea of fun is a constructive, productive weekend! Eventually wanting my 400 acres in the wonderful town that is Wangaratta, I’m currently looking for a house to get settled there as of next year and then I hope to be in a position to get my land in two to five years after that. The weekend
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Horse Shows

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 19, 2008, 1:17 pm


I was chatting with a client at the riding school yesterday who had recently had a bit to do with some beautiful, well trained horses. You know, the kind that rears, lies down, counts on command? And of course, it doesn’t hurt when they’re a Friesian or some other absolutely gorgeous breed! I’ve recently stumbled across some sites about people who train horses like this and do even more amazing feats with their gorgeous equine friends. I guess I see it as ‘trick training’
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That Time of Year Again…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 16, 2008, 12:13 pm


To volunteer! Last year I dobbed myself in for helping out at Equitana 2007 but a spread of EI caused that idea to disappear. Amazing to think it’s already around to that time where volunteers are being asked to put their names forward for the big horse event: “Have you ever thought about volunteering at Equitana but have just never taken the next step? Well 2008 is the year to get off your horse and join the Hygain Equitana Volunteer Program! We are currently seeking enthusiastic,
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Equine Nutrition

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 14, 2008, 8:12 am


I’ve taken part in a few horse courses since 2001 and each one has had a subject focused on the values of equine nutrition. And rightly so. At both TAFE and while in Ireland the education facilities had provided for someone from Kentucky Equine Research to come out and speak to us about their products and their findings regarding different types of feed and their benefits to horses. If you’re interested in KER, take a look at their current career opportunities, positions being available
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Profile On: Susan Davis, Equine Graphic Design

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 12, 2008, 11:00 pm


Founder of Diamond D Graphics, Susan Davis kindly answered some questions about the business she set up that uses her graphic design skills to turn out business cards, websites, stallion flyers, letterheads, logos, brochures, ad design and much more, all relating to horses. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out in graphic design? I was born in love with horses and drew pictures of horses all the time. As an adult I have bred and raised American Paint Horses for 30
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Maintenance on Equine Properties

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 12, 2008, 9:27 am


Some of the appeal of working with horses is the fact that it’s outdoors, especially when the weather’s so gorgeous! I also love to work with plants and love seeing a huge improvement on a property due to someone’s careful planning and maintenance. When I have my place I love the idea of being able to do it all but will no doubt look into getting at least one full time maintenance person/grounds keeper. Some beneficial skills to have if interested in pursuing this type of position
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Profile On: Mathew Flynn, Brander

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 9, 2008, 11:00 pm


Mathew Flynn of D-C Freeze Branding Services kindly took the time to answer some questions regarding this career choice. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out in branding? I grew up in the thoroughbred industry and my wife and I bought the branding business around 6 years ago. How much of your day/week is hands on with horses? 5 to 7 days a week In this field is it possible for someone to be a full time professional, earning a livable income? There is only enough
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Profile On: T. S. Granger, Saddlemaker.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 9, 2008, 4:37 am


Coming for many avenues relating to horses, Ty Granger was a few years back recommended to create a saddle for the American Movie ‘Ghost Rider’, due for release in 2006. Having started building saddles for himself in 1988, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and kindly took the time to answer some questions regarding this profession. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start creating custom saddles? I started riding 33 years ago and started competing in Rodeos
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Equine Design… Graphics

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 6, 2008, 9:47 am


I have a young friend whom I see fortnightly down at the riding school where I keep my pony and each time she’s excitedly telling me about how she’s improving on her graphics and learning more in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. She loves mixing horse graphics with gorgeous scenery images or adding in text to the same pictures or other affects and the result is a great looking graphic. For example, she once made me a pic of a Friesian called Knightmare (I would love to have a Friesian mare
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