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Biography - Jane Myers MSc Equine

The Horse Rider's Mechanic

My teaching system has developed over many years. I have always been interested in how to improve the rider so that they can help their horse. I have had many, many influences over the years and I have taught riders of various levels.

 

General

  • I have been involved in the Horse Industry for over 40 years (both in Australia and in the UK).
  • I have taught riding and horse management for more than 30 years including seven years at Glenormiston College (Melbourne University) to students on equine studies courses.
  • I was the University of Melbourne (equine) representative at the Animal Welfare Science Centre meetings while working for Glenormiston College.
  • I am a rider and have competed in various disciplines including endurance, dressage, carriage driving, show jumping and competitive trail riding.

 

Qualifications

  • I hold an MSc (Masters degree) in Equine Science from The University of Wales (UK).
  • As well as studying horse behaviour, horse nutrition, horse health and disease, horse anatomy and physiology and horse business management, I also undertook a period of research at the Royal Edinburgh Veterinary School for my thesis on the grazing behaviour of horses.
  • I am qualified as an instructor with Horse Safety Australia and am also an executive board member of this organisation.

 

Publications

  • I am the author of two books published by CSIRO publishing (an Australian Government publishing group). 1. Managing Horses on Small Properties and 2. Horse Safe: A Complete Guide to Equine Safety. I am also a co- author of Horse Sense - The Guide to Horse Care in Australia and New Zealand - 2nd edition – this book in particular is used as a core text on most of the equine studies college and university courses in Australia.
  • I am co- author (along with Stuart Myers) of The Equicentral System Series and several other books about horse behaviour and horse management.
  • I am the author of The Horse Rider's Mechanic workbooks.
  • We are regular contributors of horse magazine articles and we are freelance writers of books, booklets and equine courses on subjects such as riding, equine behaviour and property/pasture management.

 

Awards

  • I was a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship (2011) from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Stuart (best friend and husband) and I travelled to the USA and Canada in April 2012 to study sustainable horse keeping management systems in those countries.

 

Memberships

  • I am a full member of the International Association of Equestrian Biomechanics. I teach (via talks and ridden clinics) the subject of rider biomechanics (as The Horse Rider’s Mechanic) and I have written a series of books about this subject.
  • I am a executive board member of Horse Safety Australia.
  • I am a member of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and I attend international conferences held by this organisation.
  • I am a member of The British Horse Society (BHS) and we have conducted talks about sustainable horse keeping for this organisation.
  • I am a member of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC - UK) and I am hoping to become more involved with this organisation in the future.
  • I am a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

 

Informal biography - Jane Myers

I have been horse mad (obsessed) since very young. At the age of ten I set out to wear my parents down and eventually managed to get my first pony at age eleven. This first pony was shared with my best friend and we paid for her upkeep by working at the stables where she was kept (we lived in the suburbs of a large industrial city in the north of England) and by doing paper rounds.

I was born with a significant hearing loss and went through school without hearing aids. Consequently I didn’t do very well at school, I only learned to read properly at the age of eight. Throughout school I sat at the back of the class and day- dreamed about horses for pretty much all of the time. I was classed as a ‘slow learner’ and was placed in remedial classes for most subjects.

By secondary school I had perfected the art of being invisible, pretty good for a very tall uncoordinated adolescent, and so I was able to carry on with my daydreams about horses uninterrupted. My school did not mind if you did not apply yourself, as long as you did not cause trouble, so I managed to attend the final three years without putting pen to paper - literally. Every minute that I was not at school I was with my horse or working to pay for the upkeep of my horse.

I left school at sixteen without a single exam pass result and started my first job with horses. After several years of very hard labour for very little pay I decided that I need some qualifications.

I had met Stuart when I was sixteen while doing that first job with horses and he (having had a far better education than myself) encouraged me to go to college to obtain a degree and eventually university where I obtained a Masters Degree (in Equine Science). Those two years of studying for my Masters Degree were incredible and I will always be immensely grateful for being given that opportunity for further education.

Stuart also needed to obtain a degree as we wanted to emigrate from England where we were both born. Stuart completed a degree in Youth and Community Studies and eventually worked in Youth Services both in England and later in Australia after we emigrated.

We now spend part of each year in Australia and part in the UK (and sometimes other countries), speaking, travelling, writing and researching.

Finally getting a good education was one of the best things I have ever done and I firmly believe that education is the key to almost everything that is important in life (along with health). I believe that anyone can learn more at any stage in their life if they have the desire to learn.

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