Equestrian And Horse News by BitsAndBridles.com
More fun facts about the Chinese New Year 2014: “Year of the Horse”
- Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
- Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
- Lucky Flowers: giant taro, jasmin
Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Peace and Prosperity for the New Year).
On January 31, billions of people around the world celebrated the advent of the lunar new year – the Year of the Horse! At Bits and Bridles, we think this means all of us horsey folk should celebrate all year!
For those of you born in the Year of the Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002), it is said you share some of the horse’s traits such as speed, especially speed of thought and action, and love of exercise and the outdoors.
For the rest of us, the Year of the Horse promises to be a year of change and financial volatility – a year when you may be tempted to take on projects you normally wouldn’t. If you are careful, this can lead to great success! It is also a time when you may find unexpected romance.
As we finish our year end round of tack and saddle articles, we found so many great articles at ProEquineGrooms.com that they deserves their own post. Here are some of our top favorites:
Article #1: Why would I use polo wraps when I can just use schooling boots?
Here’s an excerpt:
…There are a few cases in which I would use a polo instead of a sport boot.
- You need coverage below the fetlock. Perhaps you are battling a case of scratches, or your horse has some sort of “boo-boo”, and the arena is a bit dusty. Using your polos to create a barrier between dust and skin where boots don’t cover is a good idea. Be sure to wrap loosely over the fetlock joint to allow for maximum mobility.
- Your horse is about to go in for “honor rounds” at a show. Tradition dictates that crisp white polos are to be worn here. Better do some practicing at home with application before you get to the show!
- You are tending to a horse who is recovering from a tendon injury. Polo wraps can give you very consistent application from top to bottom when applied correctly. Your veterinarian may give you instructions to hand walk or tack walk with compression wraps, in which case you may need to polo wrap over a protective bandage. Sport boots have straps, which make them easy to put on, but create gaps of coverage in between the straps.
- You are attending a clinic…
- You need some wrapping practice...
Some tips for using polo wraps:
- Wash them inside of a lingerie bag…
- Be able to fit a finger or more into the top and bottom. That’s not too loose, I promise. For a reference, wrap a polo wrap around your own calf and move around for an hour.
Article #2: Equi Cool Down Line of products
Here’s an excerpt:
“… We are responsible for cooling them out. We are responsible for taking care of their tendons after exercise. We need to help them normalize their body temperatures in some conditions. …
Equi Cool Down products are designed to do just that – cool things down. The unique fabric is thin, tough, and water activated. Get it wet, wring it out, shake it, and your Equi Cool Down product is ready to steal the heat from whatever you need it to. It turns a darker shade of blue when it’s soaked, and returns to a lighter blue after you have wrung the water out of it.
And this is where the huge product line comes in. If you think it, they make it. For your head, for your horse’s body. For your hands and neck, for your horse’s legs. Here’s a link to their complete product list. All of the products work the same way, and the horse stuff is one size fits all…
[One last tip] -Keeping cool under a helmet or hat (the human line has great stuff for Grooms and horse owners!)”
3 more horse care and tack related articles:
The great photo to the right was found on Pinterest and we’ve re pinned it to our own board: Western Saddle Fit.
The picture comes from the “How to fit a Western Saddle” at the GallopingGrape.com. Our favorite excerpt is the first two paragraphs:
To fit a western saddle you must first measure your horse. Each saddle measurement will differ between saddle makers. Not all Full Quarter Horse Bars are made the same. Just because its 6 3/4″ gullet in one maker doesn’t mean it will be the same width in another saddle maker. The flare and rock will also differ, as well as the bar angle.
To Measure your horse you need a flex-i-curve (which can be found at an office supply store) or a piece of heavy coated 1/2″ electrical wire, about 2′ long. You’ll also need a piece of cardboard or a piece of heavy stock paper. With this you can make a replica form of your horses back. This will give us a pretty good idea how your horse is shaped and help you in the fitting process. (more…)
Really cute Christmas video using Mounted Search And Rescue-trained horse
When the company I worked for sent out a casting call for employees’ kids for a video they wanted to make, I (the smark aleck) sent back an email saying “I don’t have kids but I have a horse”. Haha. Well, the marketing department had this wonderful flash and came to me and said “yes, we want to use your horse!”. However, when I heard what they had in mind, I didn’t think my Morgan mare would be bombproof enough for lights, camera, action on the front porch! So, I asked my friend if we could borrow her MSAR-trained, color guard mare, Casey. Casey was a dream — “so you just want me to stand here and eat hay and ignore everything else? No helicopters, no fireworks? Sure, I can do that”. Anyway, I’m sure that all of us can totally identify with the little girl in this video!
Having a website seems like the most important first step anyone can take. Having a Facebook presence is not a substitute for a website but a adjunct tool. Facebook has a ton of users that an equine business would want to get out in front of. Most Facebook addicts check their Facebook Newsfeed a couple times a day. What a dream for a marketer!
Having a Facebook Fan page is the best way to get in front of these users. Make sure to announce it via email blast and buttons on your websites. A person (or team of persons) then has to work hard to build up the new Fan Page to get followers. We find posting content almost every day is necessary to keep up “engagement” with new & return visitors who are all hopefully “followers.” This strategy along with paid advertising on Facebook has helped us grow our number of followers to be substantial. Then when a business has a history of engagement, users will be perspective to posts about Sales, Specials and other things to promote your business. At this point we have seen the best ROI on our efforts to generate sales. (more…)
We have just spent hours researching (and surfing the web) to expand our list of English Saddle Fitter. We do not endorse but composed this list to be purely informational. Do you see someone missing from this list? Or a correction that needs to occur? Please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to visit the list.
This is an offer for tack shops who list 20 or more ads to our site (within 20 days). The first time you have a total 20 ads, we will give you 30 days of banner advertising! We are giving you the chance to show case your consignments, used tack, used riding apparel, and used saddles for sale, in addition to closeouts, demos and overstocks to our site with photos for free (as always). What makes this offer so amazing, is that we will also give you a banner spot for more exposure from our thousands of monthly viewers. In addition we will promote your products to thousands more on our social media followers on our profiles at Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter (and more)… again all for free.
If you are in a time crunch, we can help you place the ads on the site.
Read more about the other stores that have set up shop on BitsAndBridles.com, click here.
Savvy Holiday Shoppers are shopping BitsAndBridles.com for the great deals on tack, saddles and riding apparel for the riders in their lives. Why pay full retail?
Sell to Holiday Shopper’s Contest & Rewards:
We will randomly choose 2 ads placed in the next 7 days and give them a set of green or red polo wraps. If you place an ad with photos, that will give you two entries.