Profile On: Iain Holmes, Racing Partnership

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 24, 2008, 10:24 am

Have you always been interested in horses and when did your interest in racehorses start and the creation of Iain Holmes Racing Partnerships? I was riding horses off the lead rein before I got the training wheels off my bicycle. Over the years my equine experience has been diverse; I have played polo around the world, travel to the UK to go Fox Hunting, worked for an equine hospital, drove horse and carriages on tours of Boston, and just tried to experience as many different disciplines as possible. Ever
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Job vs Vocation

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 22, 2008, 2:05 pm

Are you carrying out a job or your vocation? I was at church on Saturday night and our pastor was talking about being a church without walls - that is, reaching out to the community and he clarified something that really hit home for me. Am I in a job or a vocation? Job - what I get paid to do. Vocation - what I am on earth to achieve . It’s where my gifts meet the world. It’s my calling in life! Now this is why I want to set up a page titled Vocation 100 where I list at least 100 different
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Bowen Therapy

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 19, 2008, 12:40 am

Last year I was having a few problems with my gelding feeling sore while being worked and had it suggested by someone else who had someone out to their horse who practiced bowen therapy that I get my boy looked at when they got theirs looked at. They highly recommended the person and their technique so I agreed and after two sessions about a week or so apart he felt great. Bowen therapy, a ‘tactile remedial therapy’ rather than massage, stimulates the body’s healing ability bringing
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Write? Right!

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 17, 2008, 1:06 pm

I just hit 30,000 words for my work in progress novel! Whoop! Now it’s about a quarter written… this thing is gonna take forever! Once it is (finally) finished and I can consider the possibility of having it published, there’ll be a few places online that I’ll have to try and get the book available from. One that I stumbled across today that will further the reading/purchasing addiction is I can’t think of anything better if you’re
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Would You Like a Franchise With That?

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 16, 2008, 11:00 pm

I was thinking about Horseland today and all the things I’d love to buy for my pony if money permitted and it dawned on me - why not invest in a business that is already set up? Granted, you’d need a decent sum behind you to get into a franchise. But, you’re buying into a business that is already set up - the building is there, the stock is already decided, the client base is built up and the name is recognised in the industry. Not bad! I’m not sure if there are others available
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Profile On: Mary House, Equine Massage.

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 15, 2008, 11:00 pm

The first South Australian to be qualified by the Victorian National College of Traditional Medicine and the SA representative of the Australian Myofunctional Therapy Association, Mary answered some questions kindly for Equus Blog. Mary is also the first South Australian to gain certification in the courses run by American pioneer of Equine CranioSacral Therapy, Maureen Rogers. You can find out about Mary and her work at Have you always been
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CranioSacral Therapy, Equine Massage

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 14, 2008, 1:22 pm

In a nutshell: CranioSacral Therapy is a “method which focuses upon the central nervous system and uses light touch to optimise body movement.” Cranium - 1. the skull of a vertebrate; 2. the part of the skull that encloses the brain. Sacrum - bone resulting from the fusion of two or more vertebrae between the lumbar and the coccygeal regions, in humans being composed usually of five fused vertebrae and forming the posterior wall of the pelvis. Based on it’s name, one can conclude
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Instructing Positions…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 13, 2008, 12:19 pm

Just a note for anyone in Victoria, Australia or more specifically around the Keysborough area who’s interested in getting into teaching/looking for instructing work. Melbourne School of Pony Equitation are on the lookout for more instructors. You don’t need a qualification but can work towards your EFA Level 1 through the school and gain teaching experience. A sound knowledge of riding principles and tacking/untacking horses would be needed however to carry out lessons. A general lesson
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Equine Insurance

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

There are many horses these days that provide an income and/or livelihood for many people throughout the world. This could be via racing, competing in events like dressage, showjumping and cross country, polo ponies, stallions at stud and many more. Consequently the need to insure against loss is rising and there are many insurance companies around that provide insurance in case of loss. Consider you had a stallion that stood for $40,000 over the stud season and he covered a book of 100 mares. This
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Current Parelli Positions

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 11, 2008, 5:08 am

Hi guys! Just got the Parelli e-news in my inbox and a couple of positions were advertised with Parelli and I thought I’d put them up here. - Personal Assistant to Senior Manager - Seasonal Ranch Hand - excusing the fact that I’m not brilliant with a tractor or power tools, this would be appealing! Seasonal work has it’s own kind of appeal as you can build up skills but not be in the same
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In the Sulkey

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 10, 2008, 4:00 am

Perhaps you’re interested in being pulled along by a fast moving animal that weighs around 500kg rather than sitting on it’s back. If you’re into trotters and pacers rather than Thoroughbred racing and would consider pursuing work in this field, it’d be worth checking out the harness racing site with a locality near to you. Harness racing is pretty big business in Australia and I’m sure in other countries and it offers you a few differences to the thoroughbred racing industry. You can
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Equus’ Birthday…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on April 6, 2008, 12:11 pm

Now, I’m not referring to the equine birthday that for the Southern Hemisphere I know to be the first of August and for the Northern Hemisphere to be January first but rather for the birth of this website which was April 6th, 2006. The blog has had nearly 7,000 visitors over this time and thanks to all who keep coming back and leaving comments on possible improvements, suggestions or just how you can relate to a post! I’m still working to cover at least 100 different vocations in posts
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Events and Biosecurity

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 31, 2008, 2:46 am

As has been shown with the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia fairly recently, the need for measures to be put in place to protect horses and their owners from possible outbreaks of many diseases is a large one. Many owners and managers of horse properties have “quarantine” paddocks set up to restrict a new horse’s movement around a property until it has been observed for some weeks. This can help to restrict the spread of diseases to other horses if a new horse arrives
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Turning Skills into a Qualification

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 30, 2008, 12:43 am

I was up Shepparton way yesterday taking part in a class for my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the teacher who led the class came to mention Skills Stores, an initiative that has been set up in Victoria, Australia to enable those with skills but not necessarily any formal training to be able to gain pieces of paper and therefore get up skilled in their workforce. By the sounds of things, you can visit one of these skills stores throughout Victoria - free of charge - and through the
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Modern Day Pen to Paper

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 28, 2008, 7:35 am

Before the Internet if we had something we wanted to write and more importantly that we believed others should or would want to read then it was a question of getting that piece or pieces in print and advertising the availability of the said information. So perhaps a large input (of time/money), for a small return (readers). These days you can post on any given topic on the Internet and have 1000s, 10s of thousands or countless more view this information. If you have a passion for writing and more
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A Closer Look…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 26, 2008, 12:31 pm

It has dawned on me that although I’ve mentioned the AHSE in a piece in relation to instructing qualifications that I needed to further investigate what was on offer. I was talking with one of the instructors that teaches down where my horse is agisted today and found out a bit about her background with teaching. I’d just assumed she had a qualification through the EFA or AHRC but found out otherwise. Only instructing part time but wanting to be insured to teach private lessons she
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Spring into Action

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 24, 2008, 11:00 pm

Think gymnastics and horses are the best things since sliced bread? Perhaps vaulting is for you. Summed up, the equestrian sport of vaulting is described as “gymnastics performed on a moving horse going on a circle line, in full harmony.” A sport that can be done as an individual or in a team, it is amazing to watch and a sport that is seen in many countries and is a part of the International Equestrian Federation. Visiting and clicking on Accreditation and
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.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 23, 2008, 11:00 pm

I have been switching horse books with a friend at church over the past few months and she has introduced me to the delightful series that is Heartland. Based around the story of a young girl and her older sister who run a horse haven of sorts that was set up by their mother, the book advocates natural therapies for horses, the Monty Roberts ‘Join Up’ method and TTouch. Not being familiar with the latter of the three, I thought it’d be worth looking into this as I’d seen
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In the Saddle

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 23, 2008, 12:10 am

I was surprised to find chatting with a young girl at the riding school where I teach the other day that she wants to become a jockey. But why should this surprise me? A riding school would be the perfect place to start out learning how to ride a horse at a young age. If you have a desire to one day be involved with racing horses - be it thoroughbreds, quarter horses, arabs or perhaps standardbreds - then the best place to start would be at a young age getting hours in the saddle and around horses,
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Books, Books, Books

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 17, 2008, 3:35 am

I was at Box Hill TAFE today to converse with a teacher who’s class I will be taking over for a couple of lessons while they are on leave. After discussing what was to be taught and covered in the class I took a visit to the addictive library that has a large equine area - the majority of which are books I don’t personally possess. I found out that as a student you’ve a limit of ten books for up to two weeks and this quite appealed. Even better - staff are allowed up to twenty
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