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post #1 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Would you guys look over the website to see any errors or if you have any advice as to things that could be added or taken away that would be awesome :) I just finished tweeking it a bit and don't really have anyone to spot check it for me.

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 01:04 PM
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I took a quick look through it. In the paragraph in the Home page you say "beginning and intermediate horse riders". We know it is horses you will ride, so don't need that word "horse" there, and is redundant as it's mentionen in the very next sentence.
Under Our Horses, it isn't clear if these are for sale, for use on the trails or what.

Otherwise, looks nice.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I added the fixes. Anyone else?
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 01:51 PM
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You need to use paragraphs and stop using incomplete sentences. Many of your comments are redundant, and make you look unprofessional.

You also need to correct your grammar and spelling in the rest of the website. It's a poor reflection on you when you don't know the meaning of you're versus your.

We at Fox Ridge Ranch provide trail riding for beginner to intermediate riders.

We also train and sell a few

horses a year, as well as offer farrier and shoeing services.

Fox Ridge Ranch is located 9 miles south of Bagley.

Please feel
free to call or email us with any questions
or comments.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 02:05 PM
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Not sure the intent of the web site so my question may seem silly. I have only gotten so far as the Mares page. Is there a reason you bother to list the ability to be saddled and lead around as training? Most of the pages the training that is listed does not make the horse or your system sound better. Basic things like leading and standing for the farrier should not be something that needs to be listed on your web site.

If you do not know the horses actual birth date do not put a bunch of question marks. Juts put the year.

One mare most of the photos are of her being worked in something that looks like a Pessoa system. Please find some photos where she is not using a system that many people find to be controversial. (Not saying it is a bad system, just saying some people think of it as bad.)

ETA - why is there a page for mares and then a page for your horses and all the mares are repeated?
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
You also need to correct your grammar and spelling in the rest of the website. It's a poor reflection on you when you don't know the meaning of you're versus your.
Your- a pronoun expressing possession of something.

You're is you are.

I know the difference, I probably was skimming through with typing an didn't type the right one. But thank you for looking for me, it's helpful :) Give it another look through in about a hlaf hour to an hour if you have time. I never know quite what to write on a welcoming page other then to cover what we do and whats on the ranch.

For the Always Behind :) Thank you I never really though of the extra mares page I deleted it and I've been trying to find some extra pictures for the mare with the balance system on. I've been out taking pictures today in the snow hopefully some will turn out nice for the website! I actually don't use it as often as the pictures made it seem :)

Give me a little bit here to do some adjustments!
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 02:27 PM
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I think it's nicely made site! Here are what I'd slightly improve (and again, it's more of "going after", not the real flows ):

1) Our Horses - Fox Ridge Ranch the font is very small (so hard to read) (BTW, smaller font is OK on horse page like this one: Jack - Fox Ridge Ranch because those are details)

2) I'd do the name of the farm (header top right of each page) little more bright color

3) On Contact Us - Fox Ridge Ranch may be either do same fonts or slightly separate out the sentences (location and email me).
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 02:35 PM
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Under "Our Horses"...I was wondering why you are putting the horses training in? If you are offering trail rides on these horses, to me, it would be a given that they are (or should be) well-broke trail horses. I am just not understanding why you would have to tell a potential client coming for a trail ride that they stand for a farrier. It seems more sale add-ish.

Keep the horse profiles, but maybe exchange training for "favourite treat". Also, if the horses are being used for trail rides, why are most of the photos of them just out in the paddock? As a potential client, I would be more interested in seeing them under saddle, and possibly somewhere out on a trail.

You offer trail rides but do not have any pictures up of what you can see on your trail rides. IE a beautiful view over looking a river.

There is also no prices or length of rides available.

SR wrote this one, but I agree with it :We at Fox Ridge Ranch provide trail riding for beginner to intermediate riders.

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'll need to get some friends next time we go riding to bring their cameras along and we can compile some pictures of places we go, otherwise I usually forget a camera when I ride unless its just a short exercise. I'm getting rid of the training part.

We actually don't charge people for riding, our area is pretty rural and it's mostly friends of mine and their families that go riding. But the length of rides is a good idea. I gotta get some pictures rolling :S

Keep the advice coming I'm working as I'm reading!
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-07-2011, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, here are some of the changes I've made:

- Deleted the training descriptions.
- Rewrote the home page (please double check see if it reads out well).
- Made some minor detail changes to the profiles of the horses.
- Deleted the extra "Mares" page.

Some of the items I can't change like the name of the Ranch in the upper right hand corner, it only allows me to change the words there not the size or color of the letter.

Some of the profiles, like Lady's seems to have an HTML error that keeps coming back where in her profile there's a huge gap. I'll be working on that.

Otherwise I'm trying to round up pictures from past trail rides but a lot of the pictures were taken when we got back or before we took off on the ride :S. Need to keep cameras with from now on.

Hows it look now?
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