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Barn Management

Farm Management, Horse Business Forms, Green Stable Solutions, Finding and Keeping Good Barn Help and More..

Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management. - George H. Morris

Barn management includes so much more than simply providing for the horses in our care. From selecting the right insurance, hiring and managing employees to providing good customer service and finding green stable management solutions, there is a lot more to it than just taking care of the horses! In this department you will find a variety of articles, tools and resources to help you manage your barn.

 
Sample Horse Business Forms
Horse Bill of Sale - Example
This Sample Bill of Sale is for a very simple straight forward sale. As with any legal documment you should have your lawyer review it to be sure it is suitable for your needs. . . . More

Horse Lease Agreement - Example
If you lease horses on a month to month basis or for the show season. You may want to use something like this lease agreement. You can use it as is or edit it for your own personal needs. As with any . . . More

Sample Barn Rules
Your Barn Rules help to make your barn a safer and more comfortable place for you and your clients. Providing clients with your barn rules helps them to understand your barn's safety protocol and pro . . . More

Equestrian Liability Release - Example
Whether you need a Liability Release like the one below depends on which country and state you live in and their liability laws. However even if your location doesn't have tough liability laws don't . . . More

Horse Boarding & Security Agreement - Example
In this day and age of law suits and precarious economies the right boarding agreement can offer you substantial support and protection. This agreement is from a California barn and adresses a broad n . . . More



Client Relationships and Customer Service
Making Connections - A Simple Way to Build Goodwill and Provide Additional Benefits to Your Horse Business Clients
By Pam Saul
Sometimes there is a disconnect between the horse world we've created for ourselves and the world in which our customers live outside of when we interact with them. We are involved with them with hor . . . More

Parents That Push - Riding Instructor Teaching Challenges:  Handling Intense ParentsParents That Push - Riding Instructor Teaching Challenges: Handling Intense Parents
Andrea Waldo
Riding instructors, raise your hand if you've experienced this scenario: You have a student tacking up for a lesson and their parent approaches you. They express frustration that their child doesn't . . . More

Five Good Reasons To Get Complaints - The Benefits of Soliciting Feedback  From Your Equestrian ClientsFive Good Reasons To Get Complaints - The Benefits of Soliciting Feedback From Your Equestrian Clients
Elisabeth McMillan
A key take-a-way from last week's webinar, "Horse Business People Problems and the Policies That Prevent Them," was the importance of getting honest feedback from your clients. When that fe . . . More

Horse Business Customer Satisfaction Surveys - Boarding, Training, Lesson Programs, Horse Shows and Cover Letter ExamplesHorse Business Customer Satisfaction Surveys - Boarding, Training, Lesson Programs, Horse Shows and Cover Letter Examples
Feedback is essential to maintaining healthy relationships and a high level of customer satisfaction. Having a system to help you collect that feedback can make all the difference. This set of horse . . . More

6 Tips for Building a Passionate, Committed Equestrian Clientele6 Tips for Building a Passionate, Committed Equestrian Clientele
Elisabeth McMillan
In last week's horse business newsletter we talked about the important role that passion plays in your horse business. This week we have 6 tips for building passion in your customers. 1. Lead by exam . . . More

The Value of Your Equestrian CustomersThe Value of Your Equestrian Customers
Do you truly value your customers? The lifetime value of a customer may surprise you. Every one has had favorite clients and not so favorite clients, services they love to provide and ones they don't. . . . More


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Equine Business Insurance
Smart Financial Planning Strategies for Horse Professsionals Part 2: Equine Business Insurance - Putting Together the Protection PuzzleSmart Financial Planning Strategies for Horse Professsionals Part 2: Equine Business Insurance - Putting Together the Protection Puzzle
This seminar discusses the critical role that insurance places in protecting your business and financial future. The speaker Reed Schroeder covers risks and exposures that horse business owners need t . . . More

Equine Business Insurance - What you need to know!
Use this outline to follow along with the seminar or as an insurance checklist. This outline breaks down each type of insurance and helps you to understand where, when and why insurance is needed. . . . More


Managing Equestrian Employees and Assistants
US Horse Professionals - Payroll Issues You Need to Watch Out For!US Horse Professionals - Payroll Issues You Need to Watch Out For!
For this week's horse business tip, we bring you a short excerpt from our Horse Business Hotline. This tip is specific to US horse professionals but probably has some relevance for our Canadian subscribers, as well as other countries with similar . . . More

Download: Sample Equine Employee ApplicationDownload: Sample Equine Employee Application
Since every state and country has its own laws and regulations concerning employees and employent applications, it is essential to have your documents reviewed by your attorney. However, this example will give you a few ideas to get you started. . . . More

Download: Example Horse Business Job DescriptionsDownload: Example Horse Business Job Descriptions
Writing a job description is an essential step in finding the right employees for your horse business. They are also helpful tools for managing employees. These two job descriptions will give you a few ideas about how to write a good job description. . . . More

Seminar REPLAY!
Finding, Managing and Keeping GREAT Employees for Your Horse BusinessSeminar REPLAY! Finding, Managing and Keeping GREAT Employees for Your Horse Business
Every horse business owner wants to attract the best employee. But trying to find that "just right" person can be quite a challenge and business owners find it one of their most difficult issues. Equestrian Professional's next free horse . . . More

Members Session Horse Business Employees
Members only Q&A plus special meaterials i.e. sample job application and two sample job descriptions.Here are links to both the open session and the members only session of "How to Find, Manage, and Keep GREAT Employees for Your Horse Business&q . . . More

Hiring Horse Business Employees - How To Find the Best Person for Your Horse JobHiring Horse Business Employees - How To Find the Best Person for Your Horse Job
Jane Seigler
If you are like the typical owner of an equestrian business, you have little time or patience to invest in the process of finding, hiring and training employees. In fact, most likely - even if you are overworked to the point of near exhaustion - you . . . More

Creating Riding Instructor GuidelinesCreating Riding Instructor Guidelines
You know what you would do but how do you get your instructors to follow suit? Here is an example to give you a few ideas for creating Instructor Guidelines for your assistants and riding school instructors. Feel free to copy the parts that work for . . . More


Green Horsekeeping
Five Ways to Reduce Your Farms Environmental HoofprintFive Ways to Reduce Your Farms Environmental Hoofprint
Clay Nelson and Lynnette Batt
Most of us want to do our part to help protect the environment. Often we have a good game plan at home - but what can we do differently on our horse farms? As sustainable horse-keeping experts, we are . . . More

Trainer Sued By Client When Trying to Collect Payment - Don't Let This Happen to You!Trainer Sued By Client When Trying to Collect Payment - Don't Let This Happen to You!
Elisabeth McMillan
Call it a coincidence, but I came across an article last week that so speaks to why we are hosting an Equine Law seminar for horse professionals, that as much as I hate any negative press about the ho . . . More

Fall Landscaping Tips for Your FarmFall Landscaping Tips for Your Farm
Clay Nelson
As shorter days and a falling thermometer herald the start of fall, now is the perfect time to give the landscaping around your farm some attention. There are many benefits to a well-landscaped horse . . . More

Building a "Green" Horse Barn
Clay Nelson
As the green building movement grows, houses and office buildings designed using sustainable, environmentally-sensitive principles and practices are becoming increasingly popular. But did you know pe . . . More

Tired of the Same Old Manure Pile Up - Turning Manure into Energy is Now Possible for All Sizes of Horse Farms
Clay Nelson
It's an age-old problem for horse owners: what to do with the never-ending pile of manure your horses create. For many, the solution has been to compost the manure, turning it into an organic rich s . . . More


Tips for Managing Horses in Cold Weather
Holly Wiemers
Tips for Managing Horses in Cold Weather For most of the United States and Canada, bitter cold temperatures have been a theme this winter, and are now here again. While the ideal time for cold weather preparation is in the fall, there are management tips recommended by experts to help keep your horses healthy now. . . . More
Increase in Eastern Tent Caterpillar Population Pose Risk to Kentucky Breeders
The eastern tent caterpillar is active early each spring. It is an important insect in horse country due to its role in Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, which resulted in staggering losses of foals in the 1999-2001 outbreak. MRLS can cause late-term foal losses, early- and late-term fetal losses and weak foals. Subsequent studies by UK researchers revealed that horses will inadvertently eat the caterpillars, and the caterpillar hairs embed into the lining of the alimentary tract. Once that protective barrier is breached, normal alimentary tract bacteria may gain access to and reproduce in sites with reduced immunity, such as the fetus and placenta. . . . More
Webinar Replay: Smart Marketing Practices for Horse Professionals - The Real Secret to Increased Customer Satisfaction and Horse Business Growth
Webinar Replay: Smart Marketing Practices for Horse Professionals - The Real Secret to Increased Customer Satisfaction and Horse Business Growth Studies show that the most successful way for a business to grow is to focus 60% of their marketing resources on their current customers, 30% on potential customers and only 10% on mass marketing. At first, that may sound a bit backwards. Why would you market to customers you already have, especially if you are trying to grow your business? This class will explain how certain types of marketing can both add value to your current customers and become a powerful source of new customers. This webinar will cover: • How to use marketing to educate and build a passionate, committed customer base - Educated customers tend to place a higher value on your services and are better able to communicate your value to potential customers • Specific marketing strategies that speak to both current clients and attract new clients . . . More
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