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IMPORTANCE OF GOOD HORSE KEEPING RECORDS

September 13, 2017

The horse business is just like any business, so record-keeping is a must. Records are needed in the barn for items, like necessary health tests (Coggins, etc) and health certificates for shipping, shoeing, passports, vaccinations, health, etc. The business books are no exception. There are many ways to keep horse and business records, such as HorseBills or Paddock Pro. Making a simple spreadsheet on Excel is always an “oldie, but a goodie” bookkeeping option, but only if you understand how to utilize it and have the needed time to sort out what expense and income goes where. The point is that horses, as a “business”, have taken a serious turn which means all horse professionals should use tools to their advantage, or find someone who knows how to do it for them to learn how to decrease their spending, make profits a priority and keep their business growing. The bookkeeping software programs that I use (Quickbooks Online, Xero) are fantastic programs that enable me to...

WHAT TO DO TO PREPARE YOUR HORSE AND FARM FOR THE HURRICANE

September 6, 2017

It’s scary, what can happen to a horse farm in a hurricane. Having lived through several (many when I was managing horse farms and had my own horse) being prepared for your animal, for the farm and for the unforeseen problems ahead can really help. I can remember the year we had two back-to-back hurricanes; one of the two barns actually went three feet underwater!! Use these quick tips to help protect you, your animals your business and to keep all better prepared for the storm ahead. GET A GENERATOR - If you own a farm, or if you board your horses, make certain that the facility has a generator. The first thing to go is power and that means NO WATER, no running anything. This will enable you to water horses, turn on some lights and keep things going that must run. The generator will be your best friend. Trust me, it’s worth every penny. FILL YOUR GAS AND DIESEL TANKS - This is self-explanatory-no fuel + no running anything. FILL UP ALL AVAILABLE WATER...