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post #1 of 4 Old 06-20-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all! Recently I have gotten into writing some basic equine-related articles that I am working on compiling for a sort of blog type thing. Trouble is, I'm not sure what to write about that people would honestly read. I know that I want to write "how-to" sort of things (ie how to get stains out of white markings, how to oil a headstall, etc), but I'm not sure what things people would really read.

If you could get a weekly "how-to" or "tips for (buying a trailer, etc)" in your inbox, what would you be likely to actually read?

Thank you in advance! :)
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-20-2013, 03:51 PM
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Write about things that you once had to figure out how to do - like load a stubborn horse or get out those white stains. Things you see that come up on message boards over and over, or things that people really should know.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-21-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think are things people "really should know?" I know what I think is interesting, but as sort of a poll/survey, I want to know what other people find relevant/interesting. :)

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What do you think are things people "really should know?" I know what I think is interesting, but as sort of a poll/survey, I want to know what other people find relevant/interesting. :)
I think that a lot of people don't always know the "why" or "how" of something. Like, why you wouldn't want your horse walking right behind you, or what goes on when you do a one-rein stop, or the theory behind join-ups. I think that when people are given the explanations behind the action, they are more likely to apply that concept to something else.

I think people should:
- understand herd behavior (how horses establish the horse hierarchy, why the new horse to a herd is chased off, etc)
- understand horse body language
- the many ways horses can display signs of colic
- how to wrap legs properly
- simple first aid
- how bits work
- understand the theories behind 'natural horsemanship' (applying the concepts of natural horse behavior to training)
- understand how to teach ground manners and why
- what to do when a horse rears, or bucks, or bolts
- have an understanding of the training gadgets, why they're sometimes useful and how they can be abused or harmful

Stuff like that. I also like a compilation of things whenever possible because not all horses respond in the same way to certain things.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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