Equine Assisted Learning

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 25, 2010, 2:08 am


I took a trip down the coast with a mate from Sydney not too long ago with the main focus being to stop in at Free Rein Australia, a place that offers Equine Assisted Learning/Psychotherapy. We stopped in for a chat on account of my curious mate researching this field with the view to enter it.  Of course, being something horsey, a business and completely foreign to me, I was up for joining in on the road trip.  The hour and a half or so there gave us the opportunity to see some gorgeous gardens,
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Water and Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 14, 2010, 9:00 pm


Today is Blog Action Day; this year’s topic being Water.  Blog Action Day is an initiative to raise awareness on topics that are important globally.  Consider taking the time to sign the petition with regards to providing water to those in need. Water is very much a relevant topic to horse owners.  An important source that isn’t inexhaustible, being water wise with regards to one’s property is a wonderful skill to have and something to strive toward. There are many ways you can
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Higher Education

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 8, 2010, 1:32 am


So it’s the time of year in Victoria, Australia for VCE students to be considering what they want to do after year 12 and consequently put in applications for further education if this is the desire. Mature age students too may be applying for TAFE and University courses. Adjustments to funding by the government are going to affect these mature age students as of 2011. Up until now, TAFE courses have been the cheaper form of gaining a qualification by a large sum. When I completed my Diploma
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Profile On: Cindy Jacobs, Equine Assisted Learning

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 1, 2010, 12:11 pm


Being rather ignorant to equine types of learning/therapies, I was eager to go on a road trip with a mate who wanted to meet up with Cindy Jacobs of Free Rein Australia.  Boy am I glad I did!  It was a great day and very insightful.  Cindy since then has kindly agreed to answer some questions about this line of therapy with horses. Have you always been interested in horses and how did Free Rein Australia come about? I’ve always felt a connection to horses and loved them from a distance. I
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Blog Action Day 2010

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 29, 2010, 11:20 pm


I participate in Blog Action Day each year as I think it’s a great event. At times it’s been difficult to find a way to link the topic with an equine related blog. However, this year’s topic is Water - hardly a difficult topic to relate to horses! So, October 15 look out for the Equus Water post and in the meantime, if you write a blog, consider signing up for Blog Action Day 2010. Change.org|Start Petition   tag: blog action day, horses and water, greater cause “Each
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Living Legends Australia

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 24, 2010, 12:39 pm


Located close to the William Inglis sales complex is a property - Woodlands Historic Park - now the home to many retired legends. These include Brew, Might and Power, Doriemus as well as many more. Soon to arrive are Apache Cat and Takeover Target. Once involved in taking many people for a ride at the one time, these horses are now located at Living Legends, Victoria’s racing industry showcase to the public. Not appearing to have a national stud like England, Ireland or France, Australia has
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Unexpected Encouragement

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 15, 2010, 10:00 pm


So it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted - sorry about that! I have a heap of ideas for upcoming posts but they require a bit of research and I’ve been spending lots of time on study, assignments, exams, work, my garden and horse! Whew, that’s a mouthful! On a side note, I got an invite to join in on Faith Barista’s ‘Unexpected Encouragement’ and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share and hopefully encourage those of you out there reading
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Female Race Callers

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 4, 2010, 6:13 am


So I was flicking through the current (August) edition of the Royal Auto and was drawn to an article titled, ‘Her True Calling‘ by Alistair Smith.  Focused around Victoria Shaw, the piece gives a small insight into Australia’s first female race caller. What is a race caller?  Perhaps others might refer to them as commentators - the person who (very quickly) enlightens listeners and watchers to the position of horses throughout the duration of a horse race. At this point in time,
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Profile On: Lynn Baber, Equine Ministry

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 2, 2010, 12:38 pm


Lynn Baber of Amazing Grays Ministry took the time to answer some questions about her involvement in an equine ministry. Have you always been interested in horses and how long has Amazing Grays Ministry been in existence? When I was four years old I rode my first full size horse; fell off… got stepped on… and I’ve been in love ever since. I’m not sure what that says about me, but horses have been a life-long passion even though I didn’t get to really concentrate on them until I was over
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Profile On: Kim Meredith, Cadet Stipendiary Steward

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 13, 2010, 11:14 am


Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out in the racing industry? What is it exactly that you do? I was you’re typically horse obsessed horse girl and would use any excuse or opportunity to be around them. After I finished High School, I completed the Diploma in Equine Studies (Horse Breeding) at the Goulburn Ovens TAFE and from there, as dux of my year, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Irish National Stud Scholarship. Upon my return to Australia, I spent close
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Second Chance Horse Rescue

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 7, 2010, 7:29 am


We’ve been covering horse condition scores and equine welfare in class with the students and watched a piece on the show Can We Help? which is run on the ABC, here in Australia.  Some of that night’s episode focused on Second Chance Horse Rescue, run by a young woman in her mid twenties. As someone that age who has huge aspirations for the rest of my life, I was amazed to see that at 23 years of age she started on this dream to give back to the animals who had given her so much.  Negative
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Horse Tourism in Australia

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 4, 2010, 6:52 am


Perhaps you’re planning a trip to the lovely country that is Australia in the near future, but you haven’t yet worked out where you can get access to some awesome horse related activities.  So there appears to be a myriad of options at Adrenalin: Horse riding on the central coast of Sydney A beach ride in Daintree, Queensland - while here, it’s a perfect opportunity to check out Daintree Rainforest. School holiday horse riding camp in Sydney Private and group lessons in Sydney Introduction
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Equine Missions - Mission Travel Giveaway

.:EQUUS:. Archive on June 2, 2010, 2:46 am


As a Christian who’s in love with horses, I’m always keen to read and hear about equine ministries around the world.  And even more eager to see the day when mine comes to fruition!  Although I still have a lot to learn and achieve before setting up my dream, I’m sure there are people out there with a dream in mind that are ready to start - they’re just lacking the funds. Now I say ‘just’ because this is an obstacle that can be overcome - and sometimes by others
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The Horse Lover’s Bucket List

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 30, 2010, 8:40 am


So I’ve been thinking a bit of late of all the things I’d like to achieve in life - many equine related!  A firm believer in lists, I have a book that has all of these plans written down.  With that in mind, I think all equine lovers should have horse related dreams and goals to work towards - I even took the liberty of listing in an article some that you may consider worthwhile to add to your own list For myself they vary greatly although many are horse related: Ever spotted a
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The Equitainer

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 25, 2010, 10:02 am


So study for my Horse Management subject at uni has me going over the anatomy and physiology of the stallion currently.  Upon looking at artificial insemination I realised I’d planned to do a piece with regards to Equitainers and after a quick search on this blog, it appears that I haven’t! Those familiar with transporting semen with regards to breeding the mare, will be familiar with Equitainers. For those who aren’t, an Equitainer is a container used to courier semen to mare
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International Wild Equid Conference

.:EQUUS:. Archive on May 5, 2010, 12:20 pm


So I got sent this link through uni and thought, ‘If only I had the money!’  Sounds like a great learning opportunity! In Kings Canyon, the Northern Territory, Australia, this six day conference (June 21 - 26)  is “the perfect opportunity to mix science with travel, experience the Australian Outback and Aboriginal culture in one of the world’s best tourist destinations.” Equine scientists from around the world will be there to discuss wild horses.  The countries/areas
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Team Player

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 3, 2010, 10:00 pm


A series created by Joanna Campbell, this Thoroughbred story is written by Alice Leonhardt. Team Player focuses on Parker Townsend, the son of Brad and Lavinia Townsend of Townsend Acres. Despite being the son of a rich and famous couple who clashed heavily with Ashleigh, the first main character of the series and later on with Samantha, Parker works for Samantha and Tor Nelson. The fiftieth book the in series, time has definitely moved on from the young Ashleigh who first worked her way into the
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Bloodstock Airway Grading

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 3, 2010, 10:32 am


A few times I remember at the Thoroughbred yearling sales seeing a gentleman wander around, making use of handlers while he assessed particulars on horses.  It wasn’t until the Melbourne Premier Sales just passed however that I was holding a few of the horses for him and got to ask what it was all about. Generally as the gentleman went about assessing each horse, he had a good look at the width and depth of their nostrils and nasal passage, the space under their jowl and had a feel underneath
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Death Reins In

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 29, 2010, 3:34 am


So the local newsagency has this big trolley out the front with $5 books and I can’t help but have a look any time I’m in town and wandering past. A few days ago I found a multitude of Dick Francis books – but couldn’t for the life of me remember if I had them already! So, I opted out on buying any more of those but did stumble across a horse lover’s mystery series by Michele Scott. Recently written, there are currently two books to the series. Death Reins In follows on from the first
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No More Horses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 28, 2010, 11:03 pm


Probably twelve months ago I stumbled across a book by Joyce Stranger in an Op Shop called Breed of Giants. Spotting the gorgeous draught horses on the cover I decided to buy it, not having heard of this author before. Just recently I stumbled across another of her works, No More Horses which is based around young veterinarian, Timothy Yorke. Having recently become a partner with Sara in a stable, Tim struggles to find time to help with a mare that Sara has purchased at a sale. It’s been a year
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