1. HOW I FOUND LAUNDER FARM
“SUCCESS IS WHERE PREPARATION AND OPPORTUNITY MEET.”
After expressing my desire to gain more experience and knowledge in the equine sector, the wonderful Woes of Wellies suggested that I looked at Launder Farm Experience Day’s Equine Breeding and Stud Medicine Course.
The team at Launder Farm rapidly replied to my questions on Instagram DMs – I had the feeling that I could not miss this opportunity! I immediately looked at train tickets and reserved my place on the 1-day course in Wales.
2. HOW I TRAVELLED TO LAUNDER FARM
“LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE.”
Manchester -> Shrewsbury -> Welshpool
If you have read my Moat Goats blog, you will know that I like to hop on a train for a little adventure (even though I usually have bad luck). Luckily, despite the torrential downpours and stormy winds, I had a pleasant two trains to Welshpool. Made even better with a Pret breakfast.
The lovely Becky, a member of the Launder Farm team, picked me up from the train station and drove me to Launder Farm.
3. MY EXPERIENCE AT LAUNDER FARM
Launder Farm offers the perfect balance of theory and practical learning.
Before we headed outside we had a seminar on equine breeding and behaviour. As a horse-handling-newbie it was helpful to learn the theory of body language before heading outside. It was also interesting to see the theory recreated by the horses:
Tail lift -> Squat -> Pee
The mare had obviously read the textbook!
As I have completed a goat artificial insemination course, it was particularly interesting to hear the discussion of the use of horse AI. Different aspects of the seminars will supplement your prior work experience and current knowledge.
The second seminar covered colic, lameness, and stud medicine. As my knowledge on horses is far greater than my practical experience, it was the perfect consolidation and summary session.
The seminars have definitely prepared me for vet school interviews – they can throw an Equine influenza question at me!
GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
From applying stable bandages and head collars, to moving mares into stocks – I took away an abundance of new practical skills.
Despite having completed placements at a stud farm, mixed farm and equine practices, and an equine practice, I have limited hands-on-experience with horses. I can’t thank the staff at Launder Farm enough for creating such a relaxed learning environment.
No questions were silly questions. ZERO judgement.
I can’t recommend Launder Farm Experience Days enough.
A 10/10 experience.