All tagged Back to School

Family Equidae + The Mule

Another semester of equine learning has begun! This fall I’m enrolled in Horse Science 1 and as part of the intro material we are looking at the Equidae family which includes horses, zebras, and donkeys. We are all familiar with these species, but I wanted to take a moment to look at a fourth creature: the Mule.

Nine Equine Careers

Last week we looked in depth at the role of a Barn Manager. Here I have collected lighter overviews of a few more careers in the equine industry. My personal background is in graphic design, marketing, and art, so I’ve shared careers highlighting those skills among others below.

Fédération Équestre Internationale

Last week my instructor asked us to research the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) and share our thoughts on the future of the organization. Fédération Équestre Internationale (or International Federation for Equestrian Sports in English) is the international governing body of equestrian sports. It was formed in 1921 to ensure the safety and fairness of disciplines under their oversight for both equine and human competitors. These disciplines include jumping, dressage and para, eventing, driving and para, endurance, vaulting, and reining.

Horse Racing

When discussing horse racing it is not uncommon for concerns of safety and horse welfare to arise. Like any activity—from stock trading to figure skating—you will find the good, the bad and the ugly.

Harness or Driving Competition

Growing up I knew about horses being used to pull carriages (the Budweiser Clydesdale spot was always my favorite Super Bowl commercial) but I have only recently been exposed to driving as a sport. I was able to volunteer at the combined driving test event to evaluate the World Equestrian Games facility in preparation for the Tryon 2018 WEG and was blown away by the amazing sport of combined driving. How the same team of horses could be used for something as elegant as dressage one day, then bravely dive into the water obstacles in the marathon phase, and finally gather all their finesse and accuracy for cones on the final day — it was beautiful to watch!

The Digestive System

This week we covered the horse’s digestive system. The horse is a non-ruminant animal. Non-ruminant animals (also called monogastric) have a single-chambered stomach. As opposed to ruminants, who use bacteria in the rumen to break down food, non-ruminants use saliva in the mouth to start the digestion process. Horses are non-ruminants as are humans.

Historic Horses

Przewalski’s Horse or, Equus ferus przewalski, is considered the oldest horse still in existence, but was not discovered until 1879, well after men domesticated and harnessed the power of the common horse, Equus caballus.

Going to School

I’m going back to school.

I spent many years in school earning a B.S. and M.A. in graphic design, so why am I going back? Passion. My passion for learning more about horses.