Equine Transition #2 - Page 16

april 2019 | Equine qualifications

Equine Transition / 16

One of the biggest realisations and hardest things was not knowing one single person in the equine community. I went from having an established 30-year network of friends, coaches, clients, acquaintances, friends of friends…to not knowing a single individual.

So I decided to take my partner up on his offer and started looking for a horse and in the meantime answered adverts to help ride local horses that needed exercising. My suggestion to anyone in the same situation would be to get out and about as much as you can, where possible compete in your chosen equestrian discipline, start networking, go to industry events, put yourself out there and speak to people.

I also reached out to a renowned industry leader and asked if she would be happy for me to shadow her. This was the best thing I did! Not only did I benefit from her vast encyclopaedic knowledge of everything to do with horses, I also learnt the procedures, standards and the way things work in New Zealand. Although it’s an English-speaking country there are many differences. The culture and climate are different and even the terminology used is weighted towards American, right down to the simple ‘halter/head collar.’ The climate has an effect, in England I kept my horses clipped and stabled in the winter, here in Auckland, the majority of horses live out all year on steep hills, which brings new ways to rug your horse and challenges with wet, warm weather. Due to the different ways in which we keep horses, I found from a physio point of view, injuries which are very common in New Zealand are rarely seen in the UK and vice versa. There’s been a lot to learn and I find it fascinating to view and learn horse care and management through a different lens.

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