Transporting horses kids play for Robina
FOR the last two years Lismore-based Robina Todd has been putting her acute horse sense into practice and running the Happy Horse Handling and Transport business in the Northern Rivers.
“I cover the whole Northern Rivers for transporting horses,” she said. “And I am a load specialist, which is basically where someone has problems getting a horse into a float, I can help.”
Ms Todd also has a float that she hires out at very reasonable rates if someone has a towing vehicle and needs to transport a horse.
While that is the handling and transport side of the business, the happy horse side would be at children's parties where Ms Todd takes two matching ponies - grey with black spots - for little ones to ride on.
“I also have a trick pinto pony who lies down, sits like a dog, shakes hands and kisses on the cheek,” she said. “I have public liability insurance which covers me anywhere in the world.”
Ms Todd has also extended the business to include horse and cart rides with her first booking happening on September 19.
“Some children's reactions are very broad,” she said. “From those who burst into tears when they've been sat on a horse, to wanting to ride off like a lunatic.
“With the horse and cart children can enjoy the horse experience without the fear.”
Ms Todd's horse experience extends to her whole life having grown up on a sheep station just outside Wagga Wagga.
Ms Todd's other skill is as a race horse trainer.
“I train horses morning and evening where I'll take them for a swim in the lagoon or for a fast run on the track,” she said.
“I have an owner at Rock Valley whose horse I am currently training for the Lismore Cup.”
Ms Todd believes training race horses is a very tough industry to get into as a person needs to prove they can create winners.
“That's why diversity is the key to running a business,” she said. “Then you can cater to different needs.”
Ms Todd has been training race horses for the last two years and was a stablehand and did track work for the three years prior to that.
“It's great now as I work my own hours,” she said.
“I usually work early morning and take some time off in the middle of the day before going back to it in the evening.”