The comical scenarios began before the event when an exhibitor showed up with a 700 LB horse (it might have been easier getting him into the place if he was live – he wasn’t).
This is new territory. So, any help readers can lend in offering ideas for what you want to see there, commenting on the posts, offering ideas to improve the experience or just popping in to see what we’re trying to do would be much appreciated. If you want to check it out, it’s at http://www.facebook.com/HorseSenseAndCents.
Should equine professionals hold back? Let’s make this year happier for horses and their human partners.
The fact is, you don’t need a license to own a horse (or to claim to be an equine professional in most cases, for that matter), and people are going to do dumb things with horses. If they can’t find a good resource to help them achieve their aims, many will either seek out a bad one or go it alone in a way that may make no sense to the horse and gets either or both hurt.
“It’s the economy, stupid,” is a refrain that’s been going on for too long. Either you’re a victim or one who believes you have the power to shape your outcomes. Funny thing is, you don’t hear how troublesome the economy is from horse businesses that are thriving. Doesn’t that make you wonder what they’re doing to prosper when everyone else seems to be merely struggling to survive?
Of course, almost every business-savvy multiple-horse-owner who has engaged vendors for training find themselves stuck with a bill that delivers a horse that is not only ill-prepared for the stated job request, but also set back by human mistakes made in the ‘schooling’ process, ONCE. What really puzzles me is why there are so many who go back for more.
Last week, I had the pleasure of heading down to The Bluegrass State for an event designed for women with equine-related companies. What struck me is how kind, open and inviting most of the attendees of this gathering sponsored by the Women’s Horse Industry Association were.
If you seek to eke out any portion of your living from horse related activities and believe tactics that alienate your prospects or clients are effective, or embrace the latest horse training fad or fetish thinking your credibility will be enhanced (with both equines and people), think again.
Social media is a great way to test your listening savvy – a critical skill to develop of you want to truly connect with horses.
Guest post from Alli Farkas Note from Nanette: I approached Alli asking if she’d like to guest post on this blog because I was impressed with her story, have known a lot of artists who struggle and found her pricing for customized equine portraits to be very reasonable. Her services seem appealing to the […]
Today, I also received a birthday greeting from a site I had not visited. I thought this was a brilliant idea