Thought Leaders In the Horse Business

I googled the title of this post.  You won’t be surprised that the results were disappointing.  The horse industry, deep in tradition, seldom offers innovation at the scale most other industries do.

Sure, new products show up from time to time, but new concepts, marketing ideas, predictions for revenue streams, rising feed and bedding costs, changes in demand and customer needs are topics as hard to find as a $ 2.00 bale of good horse hay.

Who do you consider to be Thought Leaders in the business of horses?  Leave a comment for the rest of us. 

Where Are They?

I thought my knowledge of US geography was pretty good.  Then I bought a US wall map for my office.

Wow, was I lost in more ways than one.  It’s been a great resource when talking with people across the States and Canada.

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Get one.  It’ll help you with distances and time more than you’d think.  And as a bonus, when you get selected as a contestant for Jeopardy! you’ll sweep the geography category.

Saving Ten Minutes a Day Pays Big Dividends

I had a conversation yesterday with a contractor who had just taken on a dealership with a post-frame building manufacturer.  In his business plan, he intends to work with horsemen who will be building barns and indoor arenas.  His first step was to learn more about building for horsemen and horsewomen at a 3 day seminar hosted by the manufacturer.

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He admitted his brain was full from all of the information thrown at him during the conference.  We talked a bit about traditional small square bale hay storage.  From a fire safety perspective and ease of filling, you can’t beat a stand-alone hay storage building built at grade level.

On the other hand, hay storage in a loft above the animals (like the old timers did it) has substantial merits:

  1. No further handling and transport from storage barn to animal barn required.
  2. No mess to sweep up in the barn aisle if dropped directly from loft into stalls.
  3. No concerns about ground water or moisture damaging the first tier of hay.
  4. Feeding time reduced significantly with "drop down" of hay through trap doors to stalls.

If you can save 10 minutes a day by using overhead hay storage that translates into real savings over 12 months.   Ten minutes a day equals seventy minutes a week equals sixty hours a year!

That’s a week and half of work for someone. (Most likely, you)

What would you do with your extra week and a half of work time?