Horses are extremely beautiful animals that have had a close relationship with man since time begun. These magnificent exotic breeds illustrated below aren’t widely known, however we feel that their uniqueness should be given recognition.
These tough little ponies originate from colonial stock breeding, and later were specialized for pulling the plow. This task obviously became outmoded as farm machinery improved. Currently only 400 of these ponies exist in the world.
This breed, found in the Carmargue area of France are considered to be one of the oldest breeds in the world. They mainly live in the wild and are rarely found in captivity.
Akhal Teke Horse
Originally coming from Turkmenistan and are considered one of the oldest existing horse breeds. These horses have a unique beauty as their coats seem to shine like gold. They are mainly found today in Turkmenistan and Russia, but can also be found in Europe and North America. There are approximately only 6,600 of these horses in the world.
Black Forest Horse
These horses originate from Southern Germany. They were nearly at the brink of extinction in the 1970’s. They are mainly found in Germany, with about 1,000 of them found in Germany. They are known for their calm and friendly temperament and their beautiful flaxen manes.
These horses are England’s oldest breed, and are very athletic with a sensible temperament. Due to this in World War II the breed became rare. However Queen Elizabeth having taken the risk of endangerment seriously, has brought the numbers of the breed up in the world.
The Exmoor Pony is endangered with only 800 existing worldwide currently. The breed is native to the British Isles. Some views claim that they have been pure bred since the ice ages.
Bashkir Curly Horse
This breed is thought to have originated in North America. They have a unique hypoallergenic coat of hair, resembling a poodle dog breed. They are used in dressage and show jumping, and are known for their friendly and reliable personality.
This breed was originally valued for its hardiness, style and speed. During the 1800’s Hackneys competed in 100 mile harness races. Demand for the breed slacked as automobiles became more common, and throughout the world wars.
This breed was outsourced by machinery. Due to it’s rareness the breed is only available in shades of chestnut and liver. Currently there are about 600 Suffolks in America.
Falabella Miniature Horse
The Falabella Miniature Horse is one of the smallest horse breeds in the world. They are seen to be intelligent and easy to train. They are used for riding by small children.
Everything you need to know about Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
What is it?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or ‘EAP,’ is a form of psychological therapy that makes use of horse and the human-horse relationship as a tool for psychological therapy.
It has been used to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, people with self-confidence and anxiety issues, anti-social issues and other mental health issues.
How does it work?
EAP involves having clients interact with horses and developing a working relationship. For clients with specific psychological challenges, the relationship to the horse is used as a model to explore specific difficulties and help the client overcome internal challenges.
EAP is conducted in sessions, and these sessions move at a pace that best benefits the client.
How can I become a client?
EAP practitioners offer individual sessions, group sessions and workshops. Prices vary between offerings and between practitioners, but an hourly rate can be as much as $240 per hour.
Is it effective?
EAP is relatively new, but the majority of research finds that it is linked with positive outcomes for clients, especially children.
How can I become a practitioner?
The Equine Psychotherapy Institute offers two courses, each involving foundational training of 126 hours, and advanced training of 240 hours.
- For people who are already registered psychotherapists, psychologists, mental health nurses or other mental health practitioners, a course is offered which qualifies the student as an Equine Psychotherapy Practitioner.
(Become a mental health professional usually takes about 6 years; 3 in undergraduate, 1 in honours and 2 in masters)
- For people passionate about horses, but with no psychology qualifications, a course is offered which qualifies the student as an Equine Learning Practitioner, but not a therapist.
Each course involves thorough training, including the submission of papers and completion of exams.
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Things You Should Know Before Starting an Equestrian Business
Starting your own business is a big financial and personal commitment that can go either very well or very badly. Some will succeed and some will fail, often the difference between these two groups is those who get it right from the start and those who don’t. There are a few things you must know and take into account when you start your own equestrian business, which we will explain below.
Know your market
Literally the first thing you should do before starting a business in the equestrian industry is to know your market well. Before you invest in any land and set up a business plan make sure you know who you are targeting and what they want from your business. If you can read the target market well, this will give you an edge on competitors.
Know what will make your equine business successful
From a glance having a business in the equestrian industry it seems easy to make a profit, going from the high prices that are accepted for services and products. However you may be forgetting that horses are expensive animals to keep and house. Therefore it is imperative that you realize your costs compared to your profits and plan your business accordingly. Being smart with your accounts from the start is very important to be successful.
How to structure an equestrian business
A main thing to keep in mind when starting an equine business is that it can be a liability in legal sense. People can sue you easily. To protect yourself from liability you must do two things; pick a business structure that will allow the most protection for your needs and get insurance. Make sure your insurance will cover what you need it to cover, even if it might cost a little more at the time it could save your business down the track.
A business plan is very important in ensuring your horse business will be a success. It sets out what you want to be as a business and what you are wishing to achieve. Make sure your business plan is comprehensive and goes over long term and short term goals as well as financials.
Horse contracts and agreements
Horse businesses rely on contracts and agreements for almost everything that is involved in the industry. Make sure your contracts state your terms clearly and think carefully about how to word the fine print so as to not get caught later on.
Good luck with your starting your own equestrian business, we hope our advice assists your in succeeding. If you are interested in constructing any equestrian buildings Central Steel Build would love to help you with your project.