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POST-PANDEMIC HORSE BIZ MARKETING

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on May 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Like many other businesses, the horse industry has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Horse shows have been cancelled, horse businesses have had to rely on online ordering, equine nonprofits have seen a drop in donations and an increase in the need for their services and barns have struggled with allowing owners access to the barn while still complying with best practices, e.g. social distancing, to reduce the spread of this deadly virus. In addition, the distressing economic downturn and the increase in unemployment have caused many people to leave the horse industry altogether.

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Make Bath Time More Convenient

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on May 20, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Now that winter is over and there is a chance of horse shows this summer, having a clean horse may have moved to the top of your “to do” list. A safe and functional wash bay is an essential element of any barn.  It can be outside or inside, though of course most would prefer inside. Here are some ideas to consider when building or upgrading your wash area.

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10 Things To Consider When You Design Your Barn

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on May 14, 2020 3:30:52 PM

Whether you are building a new barn or renovating an old one, the best way to get the barn you want is to remember the old adage, “form follows function.”  Before you start planning your barn, think about the following things:

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WHY IT’S BEST TO LET YOUR VET ADMINISTER ROUTINE VACCINATIONS

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on May 6, 2020 4:09:23 PM

It comes as no surprise that caring for horses is expensive – and one of the most expensive parts are visits from the veterinarians.  Many people try to keep the cost of vet visits and services down by organizing “shot clinics” (all participants split the cost of the barn call cost) or even doing most of the vaccinations themselves.  You can buy many of the vaccines online, but it may be more beneficial in the long run to pay the fees and let your vet vaccinate your horse.

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HOW TO WIN AGAINST FLIES WITHOUT PESTICIDES

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Apr 29, 2020 4:04:54 PM

Though in some parts of the country you may still be experiencing winter-like conditions, the calendar says Spring – warmer weather, sunnier skies….and the return of flies! There are a lot of commercial products that do an excellent job of eliminating flies in an stall or even the whole barn, but those usually contain Permethrin, a pyrethroid (synthetic) insecticide. Permethrin is highly toxic to cats and can kill them.

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Buying Horse Supplies During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 17, 2020 5:00:00 PM

Unfortunately, one of the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is that most stores are either running low on stock or closing their store altogether. Thank goodness for online shopping and home delivery! From tack to grooming supplies to barn supplies, you can find a great selection online and maybe even save some money with better pricing.

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How To Attract A Top Trainer To Your Barn

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 12, 2020 4:12:20 PM

One of the best ways to attract more boarders to your stable is to hire a good trainer to help your riders achieve their goals. Plus, it can add additional income to your revenue stream as trainers usually pay a percentage of their lesson fees or a flat fee for the use of your facilities.

Finding a great trainer who is a good fit for your barn can be a challenge. But most any trainer would love to work out of a barn that has the following amenities:

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Improve Your Riding Through Mindfulness

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 10, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Over the years we have become masters of multi-tasking - watching a video while cooking dinner, answering an email while on the phone, creating tomorrow’s “to do” list while listening to your kids tell you about their day. We go through each day and each task only half there because we’re focusing on something else at the same time. And so mistakes get made, things get forgotten, feelings get hurt. All this could be eliminated by simply becoming more “mindful”.

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The Equine Coronavirus

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 5, 2020 3:11:32 PM

If you watch the news or read any story in the last few weeks, you can’t help to have learned about the widespread and potentially dangerous coronavirus that is affecting every country in the world, except, at least for now, Antarctica. Coronaviruses get their name for the crown-like spikes on their surface as seen under a microscope.

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GOT MICE?  MEET “THE EXTERMINATOR”

Posted by Classic Equine Equipment Blog on Mar 3, 2020 2:41:04 PM

 If you feed your horses grain or give them treats, chances are you have unwanted visitors coming into your barn, namely mice. There are special feeders that help keep grain in your horse’s bucket during feeding, but most horses tend to drop grain on their stall floor when eating. And that grain is a perfect way to get mice in your barn. In addition to an almost constant food supply, most barns are quiet with piles of hay to hide and keep warm in.

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