Riding With A Purpose

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 13, 2008, 9:50 am


Well, got thrown off my pony today - first time in twelve months or more, rather a surprise! Thankfully, no damage done and one fall closer to my hundred that supposedly will distinguish me as a rider I’ve been flicking through some old horse magazines for ideas for lessons in theory and riding this year and came across an article that pointed out the importance of having a plan for each lesson, rather than riding without a particular focus or aim. Makes sense to me and definitely makes
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The Traveling Student

.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 7, 2008, 9:21 am


Been looking at sites online for a friend who wants to do the traveling thing with horses and I stumbled across YardandGroom. Sure, a few of you are probably asking if I’ve had my head under a rock or something - I’m sure it’s a popular site. Found a few possibilities for her but it didn’t help my plan of not wanting to do any travel this year! I’m trying to be a good girl and focus my energies (and money) on saving for a house rather than further travel at this point
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VET for Vet

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 31, 2007, 1:31 am


So I’m thinking about going back into studying - part time - in 2009. A lot of friends are looking in vet/equine nursing at the moment and I know once I move to Wangaratta that there is a TAFE nearby that’ll facilitate doing this course. Vet nursing was appealing but as far as I can see, you need to be placed in a Vet practice to be able to fulfill the requirements of the course. Not exactly an option for me at this point in time and it seems sorta like a catch 22 - do the course to
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All I Want For Christmas…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 29, 2007, 4:52 am


So now that it’s passed, go figure I find some really cool gifts! Am questioning whether this guy *was a farrier but got sick of things so decided to take it out on his tools/horse shoes? Love the site! Stumbled across the link from Pony Tail Club - a great blog by Madison. Some of the products that really appealed to me: Horse shoe bookends Pretty cool lamp Mug rack - Couldn’t you just picture all your horsey mugs on this? Horse shoe rocking chair. *I’ve since read About the
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Equine Law

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 29, 2007, 3:07 am


So hopefully you’re not out to find someone that can help you sue and things somehow relate to horses. However, there are many practices that provide law services and specialise in equine law. Services could be related to storm water compliance, manure management, hazardous waste contamination and land use permitting and entitlement issues. Or perhaps advise on the purchase, sale or lease of horses and horse facilities, equine insurance, boarding disputes, breeding disputes, trainers, horse
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The Neddy Wears Prada…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 23, 2007, 11:34 am


I finished up at work this Friday just passed with the view to change directions in 2008 although still working with horses. The last few weeks at Larneuk have just proven how much I can still learn about horses and the care of. We had a mare that this year aborted her foal sixty days before she was due. Consequently, once we’d gotten her back in foal, boss wanted to check on the pregnancy to ascertain things were going along normally. In the Thoroughbred industry, a mare is checked initially
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On The Road Again…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 1, 2007, 2:55 am


Just loaded up a horse that is positive 45 days in foal today and therefore ready to leave the farm and head home and it hit me… transport!  Don’t think I’ve got that listed as a possible job - terrible! If you love travelling and handling horses and like the idea of getting about the country and viewing different places, then perhaps you should consider getting into horse transport. Granted, you’re going to need truck/semi license but that may be your only prerequisite. 
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Hot or cold?

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 31, 2007, 2:17 am


Thoroughbreds and other breeds are often identified by brands, these days applied via freezebranding as opposed to previously branding with a hot iron. Was having a think the other day while out on the feed run and came to the conclusion being a brander would be another job with horses that pays well for a small amount of work, far as I can see. Once all the babies are weaned, it’s time to ID them so we get in a guy by the name of Carter-Smith to come out for an afternoon and brand all
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Love it? Teach it!

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 12, 2007, 3:33 am


I received a rather surprising email late last week - a job offer, all because of my blog. Now here I was thinking I was writing these pieces to help others land jobs in the industry, and I find myself with another possibility! I am convinced God has a sense of humour when it comes to timing. I’ve recently put in a job application for January of next year (the start of my six months of play time) but haven’t been settled about this particular job as I feel I’m underqualified. I
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Profile On: Janelle Pitts, Eventer

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 11, 2007, 3:33 am


Have you always been interested in horses and when did you start out eventing? Yes, I have always loved and been interested in horses. My earliest memory is riding my aunties horse when I was three. I was first introduced to eventing through pony club when I guess I was 11 or 12, but I didn’t start doing a lot of eventing until I was probably 16 or 17. How much of your day/week is horse work/horse riding? Basically all of my waking hours! In this field is it possible for someone to be a full
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Studying Via Another’s Funds

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 8, 2007, 4:27 am


Whoever invented the idea of scholarships - I love you! Money is often a problem for many and although we have huge dreams, it’s very easy to get pulled up quickly by the reality of funds. I only know of a few scholarships in relation to horses, so if you know about others, feel free to let me know the name, country, provide a link or anything you can about further possibilities for others. While I was studying at the Irish National Stud, there were three students there the same year, all
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The Value of Hoarding

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 26, 2007, 10:00 pm


Was chatting with the boss the other day while pulling apart “The Hilton” - a group of roomy boxes that have a roof on top but otherwise are quite open; they’re great for foals that come up with scours or need treatment but we don’t want to shut them and their mum’s up in a box. He’s redoing a lot of it, replacing old boards and the like and this required the use of tools hooked up to a generator. He informed me this would be a great investment for my property.
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12 Month Stint on the Wild Coast, South Africa

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 25, 2007, 6:40 am


Got an email from Julie-Anne Gower who with her family looked after me while I was over in South Africa, working (playing;)) on her property with her horses. They’re looking for someone to fill a position on their farm for at least 12 months. If you’re considering a visit to South Africa, love riding and the beach, read on! POSITION OF INSTRUCTOR - TRAIL GUIDE - ASSISTANT Situated on a farm on the Wild Coast of South Africa, about 1 hour north along the coast from East London is a property
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Why I Love Working Here…

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 18, 2007, 7:11 am


I’m trying to get into the habit of living with my camera in my back pocket for opportune shots – already missed some beauties of the babies out in the paddock cavorting around! We have four foals on the ground at the moment, 3 fillies. The first born is the first foal from my boss’ stallion, Tsigane. She’s an absolute dude – loves hooning around the paddock, bucking and rearing. Her poor mum has a job keeping an eye on her! The second day in I was greeted in the morning with a fog,
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Calling Aussie Artists

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 15, 2007, 3:05 am


Got an email from the Equitana crew not too long ago and seems they’re having an Equine Art competition at the event this year. For those of you who love to create horse related pictures and wouldn’t mind competing for some money, there’s a couple of links you can check out: http://www.equitana.com.au/equine-art-prize and http://www.turfmonthly.com.au/equineart.asp?category=Equine%20Art Gold Edition Equine Art Prize: September 21 - 24, 2007 Toowoomba Showgrounds, Toowoomba Entry
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God’s Will, God’s Bill

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 7, 2007, 10:19 am


I spent a week in July in Sydney at the Hillsong Conference, heading up there four days after I got back from South Africa. It was an enlightening time! I’m a Christian who’s passionate about horses. Initially, I argued that I got into horses because they infuriated me much less than humans. I still get worked up about people, but realise it’s my problem with something said or done, not that particular person’s problem. Over the past couple of years the desire has really become focused and
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Utilising Opportunities

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 31, 2007, 12:19 am


Perhaps I spend too much time surfing the net, but for those of you out there looking for opportunities to do things with horses, I’d encourage browsing horse sites and doing lots of searches in regards to your interests just to see what’s out there. I’ve just found a possibility to help out with some horses - grooming, riding, showing - and for many without a horse (and even us with a horse or two) being able to do so at no real cost is always appealing! The only catch for me
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Networking

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 29, 2007, 11:21 pm


I’ve got my gelding, Pride on a trial product at the moment to improve his coat. General gist is I get the product for free, have to supplement it into his feed for a month and provide before and after photos and comments about the product and how well it works. Consequently, I’m down to see “the horse” every day, feeding him and generally annoying him - he really isn’t a fan of any form of exercise and I think he’s worked out that if he doesn’t get an apple
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