How to create an Effective Sales or ISO Ad

We often see a sales or “in search of” (ISO) ad lacking tons of information. Do yourself a favor and include pertinent information in your ad so you alleviate the “tire kickers” contacting you and avoid unnecessary questions. Here are some tips on creating effective ads to sell your item or find something you are looking for.

Sales/Service Ad

ISO (In Search Of) Ad

Include Price & Location Include Budget & Location
Include Item Details such as: Include Item Details such as:
Age of horse/Year of birth or manufacture date Age range or Year Range you are looking for
Color If you have a color preference
Breed of Horse / Bloodlines If you have a breed preference
Gender of Horse Gender preference
Discipline (H/J, Dressage, Western Pleasure/etc.) Specific discipline of horse or service you need
Level of training / Awards If you have a specific level of training needed
Material Item is made from If there is a specific material you require
Service Offered  Service Needed (lessons/training/builder/etc.)
Any other important details (Temperament/Soundness/etc.) Other important details on the item/svc you need
Any other items it comes with (tack/bits/stirrups/etc.) Where you are willing to travel / if they must come to you
If you will accept trades  
   
   

If you think we should add anything to the list, comment below!

If you can’t Give, Do.

Are you involved in any equestrian sport or organization? Chances are, they are a non-profit and rely heavily on participation and donations from members to keep running. If you can join, and/or donate – they will be extremely thankful. But if you cannot help out financially, there are still other ways to give back. Many of these organizations need volunteers to help with events, and MANY other tasks to keep the organization running smoothly.

Without these financial and time donations from the people that believe in their organization, they would not be able to keep running and providing the service that they offer.

So if you can’t give, DO!

2017 Equestrian Demographics in Colorado

Every year, we take a survey of the equine owners/riders/enthusiasts in Colorado to gauge the demographic base of these people. We then share this information with anyone that may want to utilize it! Whether you are an organization trying to garner sponsors or advertisers, a business looking at new ways to advertise, or any other person/organization; we encourage you to take a look at the information in this document.

Here are those results:

2017 Surveyed demographics – 2017-Surveyed-Demographics.pdf

USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic January 2-4, 2018

Watch the USEF Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic from January 2-4, 2018. Use promo code RobertDover18 for a free fan membership. Read More

Horse Hauling; What the new regulations & laws mean for you

Horse Hauling - what the new regulations and laws mean for you

With all the recent changes to regulations regarding horse trailering, it’s no wonder many of us are left dazed & confused. Get the details here on what you need to do to stay legal while hauling your horse, or anyone else’s horse!

ELD’s or Electronic Logging Devices

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The new ELD mandate requires that the vehicle used for hauling be fitted with the device under the following conditions:

  • The vehicle used in hauling is a commercial vehicle
  • Hauling activities fall outside of the exemptions for livestock and/or agriculture transport (it is important to note that the majority of the show industry will fall outside of this exemption.) 1
  • The driver is required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) due to the combined weight of the truck and trailer.2

Learn more through this American Horse Council Brochure.

CDL or Commercial Driver’s License:

The introduction of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate brought to light concerns about Commercial Driver’s license (CDL) requirements from the entire equine community. The AHC put together the following information to act as a guide for those hauling horses both commercially and as an individual.

If you have any questions, the AHC recommends contacting your state department of transportation for further clarification on CDL requirements.

How do I Know if I Need One?

Drivers have been required to have a CDL in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) since April 1, 1992. That being said, a truck and trailer can be considered a commercial vehicle without the requirement that you obtain a CDL. The AHC would like to note that the requirements for a CDL or CMV classification have been in effect for quite some time, and are not new developments along with the ELD mandate.

However, you will need to obtain a CDL if your vehicle falls into the following categories:

  • Combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR)3 of 26,001 or more pounds, providing that gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds. So, for example, if your truck weights 11,000 pounds, and your horse trailer has a GVWR of more than 15,000 pounds, you would be required to obtain a CDL.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWRof 26,001 or more pounds Each state has their own set of regulations in addition to federal requirements for a CDL, so it is important to research and understand the laws in your respective state before applying for a CDL.

Learn more through this American Horse Council Brochure.

1) MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/FAQ/WHAT-“COVERED-FARM-VEHICLE”-CFV.
2) GVW OF 25,001 OR GREATER.
3) GCWR IS THE VALUE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURER: HTTPS://WWW.FMCSA.DOT.GOV/REGULATIONS/RULEMAKING/2012-21017.
4) GVWR AND GCWR ARE MANUFACTURER DESIGNATED WEIGHTS, NOT THE LOADED WEIGHTS FROM THE BILL OF LADING OR THE SCALED WEIGHT OF THE VEHICLE.

Information taken from https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

and from http://www.horsecouncil.org.

The only thing Horse Owners celebrate when it’s winter…

Winter Solstice

WINTER SOLSTICE IS UPON US! 💕💕💕 Winter solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 9:28 AM on Thursday, December 21. What that means for us? The days start to get lighter again so we will have MORE HORSE TIME!!! Read More

Get Ahead of Thursday’s Weather and Colic

Get Ahead of Thursday's Weather and Colic
Get ahead of bad weather and colic for your horse!

We are going to go from a high of 60° on Wednesday to 22° on Thursday (in the Parker area) with a snowstorm moving in overnight (80% chance of snow). This is prime weather for colic. Between the barometric pressure changes, rapid temperature drop, and moisture in the air – horses can colic much easier. This can be due to many factors.

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US Equestrian: Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program for Students

US Equestrian Athlete Letting Program

You don’t have to be a record setting quarterback, point guard or track star to letter in junior high or high school sports anymore. The US Equestrian is writing a new chapter in the recognition of student athletes – one that honors Equestrians.

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Equestrian Myths: Goosenecks and 5th Wheels are NOT the same thing!

Many people use these terms interchangeably! However, a gooseneck and a 5th wheel are not the same thing. While both types of trailers attach to the truck in the truck bed, the way these two attach is significantly different, and they are not interchangeable.

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How to Gridwall Your Trailer

Panorama of the Gridwall Finished

I have been struggling with getting my trailer organized in a fashion where I could easily get to everything I needed to. I tried a plastic garage cabinet system, a husky rolling trunk, and FINALLY think I’ve figured out the best option!  Read More