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julianeAHS 07-20-2012 11:48 PM

Anyone from Australia?
 
Hi guys,
I'm trying to find horse forum users from Australia, as I have a question for all of you.
I heard that natural horsemanship is big in Australia these days but it's hard to find natural horsemanship gear for sale. My brother and I are running a small, local-start up that sells natural horsemanship gear. We ship to the US and Canada but were wondering if enough Australians were interested, if we should expand our shipping to the land down under, advertise more there.
What do you guys think? Is the market big enough?
We've had some random customers pay huge amounts just for shipping. If we negated some of those costs, would that be a success?
Let me know what you guys think!
-Julaine

EvilHorseOfDoom 07-20-2012 11:56 PM

I'm in Aus and I think NH is a growing area here. Quite a few of my friends are into Parelli and Anderson.

I'm not a strong adherent to any type of NH training (although I do take an interest in Richard Maxwell and John O'Leary) but I do incorporate it in groundwork and I use rope halters and 12ft training leads. However I find it really hard to get good quality marine/yachting rope halters - or even just the rope to make them myself. The cheap nylon ones stretch after a single use.
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Chiilaa 07-20-2012 11:57 PM

I personally don't use NH stuff, but I do tend to look online at prices for pretty much everything these days. So yes, I think it is worth shipping to Australia - if your prices are competitive, they will be generally far cheaper than we get tack etc here.

julianeAHS 07-21-2012 12:03 AM

Thanks, guys for the input. Seems like our stuff could really be popular there. We're going to look into it! Keep us in mind :)

Saskia 07-21-2012 12:58 AM

I think you can get mostly everything you need in Australia, but the prices can be prohibitive.

If you can offer very discounted or free shipping to Australia I'm sure people would look at your products. Otherwise, shipping is generally too expensive to even bother with horse stuff.

Evilhorseofdoom: Check these people out if you haven't already:

Cypress Lodge :: Promoting Humane Training and Treatment of Horses

I buy all my rope halters/leads from them. They're great so far, really nice rope, doesn't seem to stretch at all. They also will make the rope halters to the measurements of your horse's head if you send them through for no extra cost. Fast turnover and shipping. I really don't like the tack store ones, so these people have been really great.

EvilHorseOfDoom 07-21-2012 01:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Saskia (Post 1608146)
Evilhorseofdoom: Check these people out if you haven't already:

Cypress Lodge :: Promoting Humane Training and Treatment of Horses

I buy all my rope halters/leads from them. They're great so far, really nice rope, doesn't seem to stretch at all. They also will make the rope halters to the measurements of your horse's head if you send them through for no extra cost. Fast turnover and shipping. I really don't like the tack store ones, so these people have been really great.

Thanks, Saskia!! I've been so frustrated with the tack store ones. The last one I bought lasted 5 mins on Brock before it stretched big enough to fit a Clydie... will order one as soon as I can!
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