Stallion Management Course

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 20, 2010, 11:40 am

So you may argue that stallion handling isn’t a particular job.  Perhaps that’s the case but despite being a rather narrow job description, there are definitely people in the Thoroughbred industry (and I’m sure other horse areas) that are known for that particular role. Don’t get me wrong, they do so much more than solely handling a stallion or stallions but there are specific people for specific stallions when it comes to breeding on Thoroughbred studs. A largely male
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Equine Short Courses

.:EQUUS:. Archive on March 1, 2010, 9:52 am

Quite a few years back a mate asked if there was a short course they could do with regards to horses.  The idea was to gain a piece of paper to say they had been trained in one area or another for a job that involved a small amount of horse work. Back then I wasn’t really aware of such short courses and think they’ve really come out in full force in recent years. Today at the Melbourne Premier Sales one of the teachers from an equine education centre stopped by and handed out some information
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Silent Ride

.:EQUUS:. Archive on February 13, 2010, 6:34 am

So I’m ashamed to say I bought this book about twelve months ago and haven’t touched it until now! A friend borrowed it and insisted I get on with reading so that I could review. I’m glad she did! Rachel L. Burkum’s 2008 published novel Silent Ride was a delight to read. Interestingly, the book has remained exactly as the author intended, “verbatim, without editorial input.” Randi Steel hasn’t been in touch with her brother for nearly a decade. Despite a difference of six years in
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Equestrian Life Coaching

.:EQUUS:. Archive on February 6, 2010, 9:36 am

So a lot of people in business are familiar with life coaches these days.  They seem to have created themselves a little niche.  Well, to take things further, you can specifically get a horse related life coach! Because riding can be a full time career in today’s society, it’s not so surprising that others have made a career out of coaching riders. Chances are that they don’t just coach those wanting to become professionals either.  Even learning to have fun on your horse while
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.:EQUUS:. Archive on January 11, 2010, 10:10 am

New Years weekend I visited the parents and checked out a bookshop nearby with mum. There were many, many non fiction books for the horse enthusiast but not looking to spend too much, I was rapt to find a couple of the Thoroughbred series on sale and a couple by author Terri Farley. Familiar with her Phantom Stallion series, I was interested to find that in 2008 the two books that were in the store were created as what seems to be a spinoff series. Phantom Stallion Wild Horse Island is set in Hawaii,
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For Sale or Swap

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 27, 2009, 3:09 am

A gift from some mates, it only took a day or so to devour this book that is well suited to early teens. Living in Australia is thirteen year old Shelby, her mother, father, two younger brothers and pony Blue. Shelby lives and breathes horses. Having ridden for a few years, she daydreams about being recognised by those at Pony Club for the great rider that she is. Concluding that it’s her skewbald pony Blue that is holding her back, Shelby responds to a ‘for sale or swap’ ad in a horse magazine.
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Elite Riding in Vienna

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 23, 2009, 10:50 pm

So a recent article I was writing with regards to the identification of a horse led me to linking to a page on Lipizzaner’s with regards the breed being specifically known for their grey or white stallions.  These gorgeous animals are on display at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna which for over 430 years has practiced classical equitation in the ‘Renaissance tradition of the haute école’. The way the horse naturally moves is studied and the objective of classical equitation
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Thelwell’s Riding Academy

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 20, 2009, 10:00 pm

I’ve recently discovered in town a gorgeous bookshop called the Already Read Bookshop. Now on the weekends where I’m working and have a gap in the middle of the day where time needs to be spent, it’s not uncommon for me to head into town and browse through the bookshelves of this shop that sells on old library books – at a rather cheap price. Last visit my poor workmate thought if she helped to find horse books with me, it’d mean exiting the premises quicker. I figured it just gave me
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New Year’s Resolution Follow Through

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 19, 2009, 10:30 am

Being that time of year once again, many are thinking of what was achieved over 2009 and what they want to get out of 2010. Don’t get tricked into thinking of resolutions as a vicious cycle in which you set yourself high goals or hopes and then find at the end of the year none were achieved. Instead, get focused and positive and outline perhaps some steps with your goals to help you work steadily toward them. After all, you do have twelve months in which to achieve them. This shouldn’t however
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Profile On: Julie-Anne Gower

.:EQUUS:. Archive on December 13, 2009, 3:48 am

Before having even travelled and while still planning my trip to Ireland for the Irish National Stud I stumbled across a website that caught my attention with a few words: horses, beach, South Africa. Julie-Anne Gower along with her husband Clint run Wild Coast Horse Trails on the East Coast of South Africa.  I spent five weeks of absolute heaven learning, riding and breathing horses with them.  Julie-Anne has kindly answered some questions about their trail riding business. What services are
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Horse Training the McLean Way

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 29, 2009, 7:53 am

The Science Behind the Art Here’s another book that was required reading for the Equine Behaviour subject I undertook as part of my course this year. Honestly I haven’t enough interest in equine behaviour, perhaps because a lot of it is someone’s theory rather than proven fact. Andrew McLean’s text takes a different approach. As a zoologist and someone who in 2002 was completing his PhD in animal psychology, McLean focuses on explaining the natural mechanisms behind their training system
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Writing Equine

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 17, 2009, 5:02 am

Facebook is already terribly addictive enough without providing a potential means to carry on an addictive behaviour - writing horses. I am rather a fan of the fact that the majority of ads on the site do tend to be focused around individual user’s interests, however and this seemed to be the case with an ad for  A site that covers many topics, Suite101 is made up of a myriad of freelance writers who are contracted to write a minimum of 10 articles every 3 months, ensuring fresh
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Climate Change Effects for Horse Owners

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 14, 2009, 10:00 pm

Today is Blog Action Day; this year’s topic being Climate Change. Otherwise known as global warming, climate change has resulted from changes in weather patterns on account of increases to the Earth’s average temperature. Environmental effects predicted include: - Sea level rise - Changes in rainfall patterns - Changes in agricultural yields - Increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events - Water scarcity in some regions - Increased precipitation in others - Adverse health
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Blog Action Day 2009

.:EQUUS:. Archive on October 8, 2009, 7:40 am

Blog Action Day is here again. Last year the focus was on Poverty - check out the Equus post ‘Horses = …poverty?’ What is Blog Action Day?  October 15 of each year marks a set date where bloggers around the world can unite and write with regards to a topic that affects us, worldwide.   It’s a great way to raise awareness considering the number of people that access blogs on the internet.  Oh, and it’s a good way to generate further hits on your blog, too. This year’s
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Technically Speaking, I Mean, Writing

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 25, 2009, 7:28 am

I’ve recently come back from Residential School - a week of uni that requires I attend lectures and partake in exams for the two subjects that I am currently undertaking part time as a Distance Education student. As is the case any time I find myself in a new environment that is horse related, I met a lot of interesting people and had my eyes opened to many other things I wasn’t aware of with regards to horses.  I was also made aware of people that are well known with regards to starting
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From the Horse’s Foot

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 17, 2009, 12:34 am

I had the farrier out to do my boy’s feet today and got to discussing with him how busy his day was looking – he’d been elsewhere in the morning, travelled to Wangaratta to do my horse and then was headed on to Rutherglen for the rest of the day. As someone who’s been so familiar with just stepping out the door and finding myself at work, the idea of travelling here, there and all over the place is a relatively new one. He was saying that in the North East at the moment there’s a shortage
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Chaplains for the Racing Industry

.:EQUUS:. Archive on September 9, 2009, 3:30 am

I was watching the races at lunchtime the other day at work and jockey Pat Day was being interviewed. Now excuse my ignorance (especially as someone who works on a place that breeds racehorses!) but I had no idea who Pat Day was. As a horse obsessed Christian, I only really started paying attention when it was mentioned that he was visiting and advocating chaplaincy work at racetracks and specifically for jockeys. My ears pricked at the idea of another horse related job/ministry – what a great
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Equine Behaviour: Principles & Practice

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 31, 2009, 6:36 am

It’s wonderful to know that amongst my 6 day working week and studying part time, part of my uni reading requires that I read an equine behaviour book over a 6 or so week period.  Nice that is, that doing something for my studies also means I get to do another review for the blog! I love doing something that feels like it’s achieving a few things and this definitely counts as one of those things. The prescribed text for my Bachelor of Equine Science, specifically relating to the Horse
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Calling All Equine Artists

.:EQUUS:. Archive on August 26, 2009, 11:18 am

“Why yes Christine, I do partake in photography, digital art, painting, drawing or sculpture relating to hroses!” I hear you say.  Perfect!  If you’re looking for a chance to have your work/s seen internationally, then check out the Art Horse Magazine competition: Presented by Art Horse Magazine ( Art Horse Magazine announces `Ex Arte Equinus III`, an international equine artcompetition for fine
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Waxing Lyrical

.:EQUUS:. Archive on July 31, 2009, 10:00 pm

I love my broodies and I love this time of year (August 1 - December 31)! So today marks the Thoroughbred’s official birthday in the Southern Hemisphere and so one can expect that mares will start popping out foals!  We’ve got three or so mares at the moment that are all showing signs of impending parturition. My boss received a call yesterday with regards to a ‘foal share’ something I haven’t given a lot of thought to, not being a mare owner myself.  I asked her
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