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4 Tips for Hiring for Your Horse Stable

Hiring for Your Horse Stable

Running a horse stable-big or small- can prove to be a massive amount of work. At some point, you will find yourself in need of an extra hand or two in order to get things done in a timely manner. When this time comes, it is important to ensure that you are following all the necessary steps to make sure that you are hiring the perfect employees for you and your facilities. Here are some pointers.

Experience with Horses is Important

Working at a horse stable can be extremely enjoyable and rewarding, but it can also be very challenging, and at times, dangerous. For this reason, it is crucial to hire someone with hands-on experience working with horses. Even if you are just hiring someone to oversee turning out and cleaning stalls, the safety of both your employee as well as the horses in the barn are your responsibility as the property owner, and it is important to ensure that any unforeseen incidents can be quickly and expertly handled.

Designing A Job Posting That Fits your Horse Stable

In order to gain the attention of individuals looking for a job, you will need to put together a job advertisement. Within this advertisement, it is crucial to be as up-front and as fully-detailed as possible; including all responsibilities associated with the job will help people understand exactly what you are looking for and what will be expected of them should they be hired. This will help narrow down your search to the individuals who feel that they are the most experienced and qualified for the job.

Advertise, Advertise, Advertise your Job Vacancy

When it comes time to post your advertisement for the job, you will have various different options for the location you choose to post it. Of course, the internet will be your greatest tool in this scenario, so you will want to share your advertisement on sites like Indeed. It may also be worth considering posting physical job advertisements in your local area, in places where horse-savvy people will be likely to see it. Your local tack or feed shop may be a great place to start.

How to Interview

Once you have found a few promising candidates, you will want to bring them to the stables to conduct an interview. Start the interview by giving a tour of the stables and surrounding property. This will help the individual get a grasp on the amount of work that will be expected of them. During the interview, ask questions that will help you secure an idea of their experience working with horses. Give a few emergency scenarios that may arise during their employment, and record their responses on how they would react to the situation.

Once you have completed the interview process, make your choice based upon the candidate that impressed you the most with their experience, and will best suit the needs of the stable as a whole. The hiring process may prove to be a bit nerve-wracking, but you’ll soon see that being able to take advantage of another hard-working individual in your stable will make a world of difference.

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3 Tips for Choosing and Accepting the Right Horse Boarder for Your Stable

3 Tips for Choosing and Accepting the Right Horse Boarder for Your Stable

For many equestrians, the prospect of owning your very own riding or boarding facility may be a dream come true. A lot of work goes into starting up and managing a boarding facility, so it makes sense that you will want to ensure security and peace of mind for yourself when accepting new horse boarders. Here are some tips for choosing and accepting new boarders.

Consider the Size of your Horse Stable

When deciding who to accept as horse boarders at your barn, consider your facilities. Take into consideration the size of the property; this includes both the acreage and the stalls that you have open. It is important to decide on the number of horses that your property can comfortably house and support in advance.

Ask the Horse Boarder's Intentions

When deciding whether or not to accept a new horse boarder, make sure that you are aware of (and agree with) the boarder’s intentions. Some owners simply use a boarding facility as a place to keep their horse while they are away for long periods of time. This essentially means that the horse will not be receiving any one-on-one interaction with people other than being turned out, fed, and in the case in which the service is offered, grooming. In some cases, it will be specified that the owner must at least periodically visit the barn. If the boarder you are considering is not planning to be around much and that is something that would bother you, perhaps it may be better to find someone that plans to be more involved with the daily care of their horse.

Some barns require all boarders to be part of the facilities’ lesson program; this helps promote a sense of unity throughout the barn and prevents any sort of disconnect between riders within the barn. Consider if this is something you would like to enforce; if you do not mind if riders prefer to be more on the solitary side with their horses, then this is something that would not apply for you when contemplating accepting a new boarder.

It’s also worth considering if you’re willing to board horses that are being “put out to pasture”, or retired. It’s common for older horses to require special attention or living arrangements, which can prove to be time-consuming, costly, and in some cases, quite difficult to manage. If you feel that you have the time and resources to take on an older horse, you may find the experience of providing one last relaxing, caring home especially rewarding.

Ask for the Boarder's References

Word of mouth can be your most powerful tool. This is especially true in the horse business. Asking for references and following up with them can help you build a solid understanding of who the potential horse boarders are like and what you can expect from them during your contract with them. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, especially when entering into a legal contract with someone.

The types of horses and owners that you accept as boarders in your barn are completely dependent on your personal preference, as well as what your facilities can handle. Use the pointers you learned here to help your decision-making in accepting new boarders.

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Discussion of the Week: Is Low Professionalism Hurting Equestrian Industry Adversely?

Discussion of the Week: Is Low Professionalism Hurting Equestrian Industry Adversely?

By Stablebuzz, #1 Stable Management Software

This week's discussion revolves around enhancing professionalism in the stable management profession. We hear the CEO of Wisebox Solutions, Colin Schmidt coming up with different ways equestrian as a sport can compete with other similar sports and maintain its niche in the society. With many years as an active member of the Equestrian sports community, Mr. Schmidt responds to our Discussion Topic of the Week. For insights on better stable management and modern-day stable management software read our quick interview with Colin.

Q: Do you think that the equestrian industry as a whole is competitive in professionalism compared to other activities in sports? If Not, is it hurting the equestrian industry adversely?

A: "Well, Unfortunately, we hear that the number one reason that parents take their children out of equestrian sports is because of lack of professionalism that has to do with things like invoicing, receiving your schedule and being in the loop on things. So, the administrative tasks are really important. The unfortunate thing though is that when parents take their children out of equestrian sport then they( the children) may not necessarily come back to the sport. What we can see is that without a positive experience as a child very few come back to equestrian or try equestrian as an adult and therefore are also unlikely to put their children in the equestrian sports. Thus, this is something that can snowball and we need to tackle this immediately. Other sports that we are competing against include things such as of course gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, and team sports. All of these have a higher level of professionalism that is mostly facilitated with software that the equestrian has been slow to adopt. Fortunately, new applications such as Stablebuzz are going to allow you to cut your admin overhead by 50 %, leading to enhanced professionalism and that enhancement in professionalism is shown to be able to increase your customer retention by 30%. "

The topic of discussion was open-ended and Colin provided us with meaningful ways for increasing professionalism in equestrian sports and ensuring that they are taken up fondly by people. Stay tuned as we discuss more topics with Mr. Schmidt concerning the equestrian community next week.


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