Breeding for the Season…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 3, 2008, 11:53 am


In the Thoroughbred industry, Clydesdale mares are rather a popular thing when the breeding season comes around. My first viewing of this was when I was doing work placement at Swettenham Stud (then known as Collingrove) a few years back. The hundred or so mares to be vetted for the day would be run into yards and along with the wet mares, a foal was close by it’s mother’s side. The Thoroughbred foal had no issues with being so attached to a Clydesdale mare. I was amazed and was informed
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Carnival of the Horses!

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 2, 2008, 9:48 am


So the recent edition for all you horse blog enthusiasts is being hosted at Mikael’s Mania - Arabian Horses. Take a look! There’s over twenty five articles relating to horses that are well worth a read. EQUUS is to be hosting the carnival for September 1 and there should be a couple in between so if you’re looking to get some advertising for your blog and you love writing about horses, then perhaps you should be submitting a piece or two for this horse related carnival. There are
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Making Use of Those Ribbons

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 30, 2008, 2:25 pm


So I took part in Pony Club for four or so years over high school and in the two gymkhanas I took part in, acquired a nice sum of ribbons. They’re currently hiding in my wardrobe but thanks to an episode of the Saddle Club (in which the ribbons had been turned into something akin to a throw rug over the back of a couch) I’ve been thinking how appropriate that will be for the recreation room/library I plan on having on my agistment property when I get it. The idea’s been sitting
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Professional Riding: Polocrosse.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 24, 2008, 1:32 pm


I first came across this sport when I did my Certificate II in Horse Studies in high school - a couple of the students played and brought their polocrosse sticks (like a lacrosse racket) and cantered around the large indoor arena, throwing and catching a ball with their rackets. Looked like fun! But way too much coordination required for me! While in South Africa I came to be on a five day trail with a woman who played on the Australian team for awhile and she could only sing praises of the sport. Polocrosse
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If I Decided on a Change of Career…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 23, 2008, 1:24 pm


But still horse-related - obviously! One has discovered today, perhaps my calling is in rugs - fixing them, that is. Not really, but I was rapt to find that I could fix my own problem! I was rather annoyed to find earlier in the week when bringing my gelding in for a feed that his rug had a hole in the body of it, no doubt from where one of the other boys in the paddock had taken a nip at my boy and consequently ended up with a mouthful of rug that was obviously in need of ripping! I bought the
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Publishing for a Particular Demographic

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 21, 2008, 12:19 am


As someone who dreams of having their horse related book published in the not too distant future, I am becoming more aware of publishing companies. If I’m reading a horse book, I question if that publisher has produced other books that are horse related and if they’d be more inclined to take on the works of someone who writes for the horse audience, over a publisher that hasn’t produced a book focused on horses. Last week I purchased the British Horse Society Complete Manual of
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The Traveling Business

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 18, 2008, 10:51 am


It occurred to me that the cheapest horse related businesses to set up are the services that you can take to other people without having to invest too much in tools - massage, farriery and equine dentistry. One that I hadn’t really considered came to mind yesterday and that’s providing a high turnout service in relation to shows. There are people that attend shows and provide the service of competition presentation - washing, clipping, plaiting up and grooming horses before they are
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Yearling Management

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 17, 2008, 10:32 am


I’m not a huge yearling fan but I believe that has something to do with my lack of experience in educating young horses and it just doesn’t appeal to be working with something that is 500 kilograms in weight that doesn’t necessarily know how to lead, hasn’t been introduced to being groomed, having a rug on, being boxed for an extended period of time and eventually being introduced to an anti-rearing bit. In Australia the first major amount of handling a foal gets is at weaning
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Me in Ten Years Time

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 16, 2008, 1:41 pm


I’m back home this evening from two days at Mill Valley Ranch with a few classes worth of Certificate II in Horse Studies students. Apparently each year the first and second year students spend the two days at Mill Valley Ranch making use of the gorgeous horses on the property and willing staff having riding lessons and getting marked off for practical tasks as part of their certificate. I was lucky enough to be asked to help out with the two days, assessing students on tacking up horses,
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Profile On: Anastasia Burke, Author

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 14, 2008, 12:35 pm


I have just now read the answers to these questions before posting this and am amazed and inspired by what Anastasia Burke has been through, achieved and how she encourages others. Based on her words here, I’d encourage you to look into getting her book Hoofprints: A Goal Setting Journal for Young Riders. Below are her answers regarding writing about horses and making a career of it. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start writing about them? In my online young adult
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Equine Ministries

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 11, 2008, 12:58 pm


Ministry/Ministration - ‘The act or process of serving or aiding.’ When I have the 400 acres I am continually dreaming about, my main goal in life is to run an Equine Ministry. I see this as being a place that looks after the well being of these gorgeous animals and through them, reaches out to people. There are a lot around, many of which make a small profit or none requiring volunteers and whatever the case, all seem to be for a great cause. Having been a volunteer for a branch of
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What You Can Expect

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 10, 2008, 1:07 pm


I believe people can put off getting a qualification because they’re not sure what sort of effort will need to be put in, if they’re up to the standard to achieve the qualification or because they’re questioning it’s relevance to what they want to do in a particular industry. The past two weeks have been a fortnight of firsts: I received my first pay from Box Hill TAFE for teaching a horse studies subject; today I performed my one hour session relating to grooming horses
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Profile On: Lynne Barrett, Bowen Therapy

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 8, 2008, 11:56 pm


A fully qualified human and equine Bowen Practitioner and a full member of the Bowen Therapists’ European Register, Lynne Barrett took the time to answer some questions regarding this therapy and her profession. Have you always been interested in horses? I have loved horses (and all animals) since a child. My parents thought I would grow out of it, but I never did - although it wasn’t until I was 23 that I finally got my own horse - a dream come true. I had the six year old mare (Sky)
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Profile On: Barbara Rush, Contemporary Equine Artist

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 5, 2008, 9:49 am


Amazed by horses since the age of 12, Barbara Rush is a horse lover, artist and equestrian. Her latest series the Tao of Equus encases the “movements performed within the framework of dressage” showcasing “the elegance of the horse to its full advantage.” You can check out Barbara’s website and wonderful artwork at http://www.barbararush.com/. Barbara kindly took the time to answer some questions in relation to her profession with horses. Have you always been interested
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Profile On: Melanie Levy, Photographer

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 4, 2008, 10:28 am


I stumbled across equine photographer Melanie Levy’s website Equus Luminous a week or so ago and couldn’t take my eyes off her fabulous photos! She very kindly agreed to answer some questions about her profession and advice about how others can get into photograhy. Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start in photography of horses? From my initial ride at age five, I’ve had a passion for horses. I received my first horse, an Arab weanling, at age nine and still
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EFA Course Designing and Carriage Driving

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 2, 2008, 3:03 am


Got the usual email from the EFA in my inbox a couple of days ago and thought for those interested in Course Design or Carriage Driving that are not familiar with what the Equestrian Federation of Australia offers, thought I’d bring attention to these: Carriage Driving “Introduction and Level 1 Coach and Personal Driving Skills” workbooks released “Over the past 18 months the EFA National office in association with the EFA National Driving Committee and other driving specialists
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Vocation 100 Up and Running

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 1, 2008, 5:23 am


Just a short note to say that I’ve gotten off my backside and finally finished the page Vocation 100… or at least gotten it to a stage where it’s able to be posted - I’ll be adding more vocations to the list as I write more pieces for the blog. So feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! It currently covers 56 different possibilities relating to work with horses. “We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent
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Saddle Fitting

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 29, 2008, 2:22 pm


I’m a bit of a fan of the Wintec saddle, I must admit and have found getting one fitted to my rather wide, swayed backed gelding to be a particularly good move in relation to his comfort and mine (although I’m certain a fitted leather saddle would have the same result). When I first got the saddle fitted to Pride, he was rather… obese and a couple of years later dropped down to a better weight and therefore changed shape. It was very easy to have someone out to reassess the saddle
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Another Kind of Material to Sew

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 26, 2008, 11:00 pm


Fancy yourself handy with an industrial sewing machine? Creative? Think you could design a better saddle - more comfortable, a better fit to the horse or with something that would make it a cut above the rest? Perhaps you need to get into saddlery. If you’re situated in UK, it seems that you’re in the right place to chase up the advice of those already experienced in the field. If you’re in Oz, you might wanna consider traveling! With so many disciplines, you may be interested
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On the Vic/NSW Border

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 26, 2008, 1:24 pm


Wandered up Euroa way on Friday night to catch up with some mates before heading on to one of my last classes for my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment on Saturday in Shepparton. Of course talk turned to horses as we’re all in the industry and a few little birdies told me of how many studs are looking for workers at the moment. So if you’re looking for work on a Thoroughbred stud and are able to get yourself to Victoria, Australia, perhaps it’d be worth contacting the likes
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