In this section of Horses of the West you’ll find a variety of information. Articles range from works by area authors to informative information about horses. If you have an area event, announcement or piece of news to share, email us at email@example.com and we’ll get it up. If you want to sell or buy something other than horses, email that to us too. We’d really like listings of horse quality hay!
Once again the Dawson Country Fair will kick off with an Open Horse Show on Wednesday of Fair Week. This year the show is on August 12th starting at 8 am at the Dawson County Fairgrounds. The morning events are at the 4H ring and the afternoon in the main rodeo arena in front of the grandstands.
Here’s the classlist for this year and the entry form.
Happy Tax Day! If you are thinking, as many Americans are, that THIS is going to be the year you get your bookkeeping better organized, we have some easy tips for you!
Let’s start with improvements you can make quickly. We’ll get more complex as the series progresses. [Read more…] about Bookkeeping Tips for Horse Breeders
Once again the Dawson County Fair will hold a horse show on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 to kick off the fair.
This year’s classlist includes several big changes so please look it over carefully.
Please note that if you have seen the classlist that was published in the Ranger Review newspaper, that one has errors in it. There are classes listed that we are not having, there are classes missing that we are having. It’s best to just look at this list!
As always, we’ll have great awards for High Points in each age Division. Stay tuned for more information on awards.
Do you have a horse or two (or ten) you would like to sell? Get intimidated staring at that blank ad form? You aren’t alone! I’ve been selling the colts we raise off our website for about fifteen years and I still struggle or want to cut corners on occasion. Dont’ do it! Instead, use these tips to prepare an ad that will sell horses. [Read more…] about 3 Tips for ads that sell horses
In keeping with our “One Day In The Life Of…..”series, I’ll tell you a story. This is not about one day, but rather one minute or less of one day—one minute that I won’t soon forget.
I hesitate to write this for fear that ranch people will think I’m either inexperienced or stupid! I AM somewhat inexperienced when compared to lifetime ranchers—-I’ve only been at this for 33 years! And, sometimes, I do stupid things. We, like so many others, are calving heifers this time of year. For my non-rancher friends, that means we keep the 2 yr old bovines confined in a corral during the time they are birthing their first calf—- in case they have trouble—so we can help them, of course. That requires us to check on them at short intervals—day and night. Since I am the natural night owl in my family, I take the night shift! Armed with my trusted flashlight, I go out to the corral and look for signs that the heifer is getting close to calving. [Read more…] about Calving Adventures in Ranch Country
Three horse for sale ads for the price of one!
What has “fuzzy” got to do with it? Those of us in the northern part of the west are usually staring at horses with 3 inches of hair this time of year. And it’s not always clean hair either, if we are candid.
We think that instead of holding off until everyone sheds to advertise, we should celebrate the fact that our horses are so adaptable to cold!
Or, maybe we just want to commiserate with other breeders struggling with marketing horses that don’t look their best. Can you blame us? [Read more…] about February Fuzzies Offer – 3 for 1 Horse for Sale Ads
Most horse breeders know that the internet plays a huge role in horse marketing today. Are you getting all the benefits the internet has to offer your horse breeding program or training business? Or would you like better results and more new customers? A full page ad on Horses of the West will help people learn why you are a great source the next time they want to buy a new horse or breed to a stallion. Read on for a few of the reasons we think it’s a good idea! [Read more…] about Why Your Ranch Should Buy a Full Page Ad Here
NEW from AQHA for 2014 and 2015 . . . Five Panel Genetic Testing Required/Mandatory for all breeding stallions, including TBs approved for use in AQHA programs. The five genetic diseases tested for are HYPP, HERDA, PSSM 1, GBED, and MH. Here’s a quote from AQHA concerning the new requirements.
All stallions exposed to 25 or more mares during the 2014 breeding season will be required to have a genetic disease panel test on file with AQHA prior to the registration of their foals resulting from breedings occurring after January 1, 2014. Additionally, the Stud Book and Registration Committee recommended that all stallions will be required to have a genetic disease panel test on file with AQHA prior to the registration of their foals resulting from breedings occurring after January 1, 2015. [Read more…] about AQHA’s 5 Panel Genetic Disease Testing Requirements
You have posted your horse’s for sale ad, we have approved it and visitors can see the ad on Horses of the West. Now what?
The horse market is pretty competitive today so it’s a good idea to do everything you can to increase visibility and traffic to your ad. Sure, we run the paid for Google ads and others for Horses of the West in general and we provide social media exposure for your ad on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, but what else can you do? Actually, you can do a lot! [Read more…] about Using Social Media to Drive Traffic to Your Horse Ad
Really, I mostly don’t bother with New Year’s Resolutions. When I was younger, I’d always say I was going to lose weight and the diet often lasted 2 days. After a few years of that, I decided formal resolutions weren’t all that productive.
This year I’m going to break with that tradition and make one resolution and I’m going to make it public because I’m desperate to break this bad habit.
This year I am going to file all my registration applications while the colt is young enough that the fee is the lowest possible. ~ Kristin Aus