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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Ventures

I am happy to be a part of a new venture. A few months ago one of my friends asked me to help her with a logo for the new web site she was getting ready to launch. Not long after that she approved the final design which is based on a photo of her and one of her dear horses. Here is the press release about the web site. Please visit the site and spread the word. Hopefully this will be yet more more way to prevent a good portion of horses from becoming dinner for a foreigner.

Almost every horseperson can tell you about “the one that got away” - a horse they used to own or ride that they have lost track of and still think about. Maybe circumstances have changed and they’d like to buy the horse back if it is available. Maybe they just want to find out if it’s in a good home. Or maybe they have a horse they love - but that horse’s past is a mystery and they’d like to get in touch with former owners and find out their horse’s story.

Too often, registration papers are lost or not transferred, or the horse never had any, and so there is no way to find information or locate the horse. Sadly, many of the horses that go to slaughter every day have someone somewhere who would have rescued them - but that person did not even know they were in danger.

HorseReunions.com was created to connect people and horses. Horse listings are absolutely free - just sign up, create your listings and upload pictures. The comments area allows you to tell your story. If you know about a horse who is in danger, use the search function to see if he has been listed. A broad search - for example just searching for chestnut Thoroughbred mares - is more likely to yield results than a highly specific search. You do not need the horse’s registered name to search. You can search for a bay gelding who cribs or a sorrel tobiano mare with one blue eye.

You do not have to have owned a horse to list him on HorseReunions.com. For example, you can list a racehorse that you would like to offer a retirement or “second career” home to when his racing days are finished. We do ask that you be serious and financially capable of following through with any home offers.

With rescues overflowing and many owners unable to continue caring for their horses due to the poor economy, we need a way for horses in need to find the people who already care about them and want to help. HorseReunions.com seeks to fill that need but it will only work if horsepeople take the time to list the horses they care about. While we will continue to maintain the Responsible Breeder’s List, we encourage breeders to list every horse individually on the main site if possible.

Please bear in mind that HorseReunions.com is merely a listing service. We have not checked out or approved any of our members as adoptive homes for horses, and we strongly recommend you do your own research and check references before placing a horse with anyone - even the horse’s own breeder.

Enjoy the site. You can ask any questions on the site’s forum at http://forums.horsereunions.com/ and also get advice on your search!

Horse Reunions
http://www.horsereunions.com
Welcome Home - A Listing of Responsible Horse Breeders!
http://www.horsereunions.com/welcome/list.html

I also have launched a new site of my own to promote my design and publishing skills. The economy and job market out there is tough right now and our family needs every little bit of income we can get. The banking collapse has affected our family significantly and I need to start bringing more in to help offset that. If you or someone you know needs help with a web site, newsletter, book or blog, or even just a little bit of banner advertising creation, please send them my way! I am taking on new clients.

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7 comments:

Leah Fry said...

Good luck on the venture(s). I sure hear you about it being tough.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I thought that was you designing for Cathy, through Fugly horse of the day. That is so cool!!!
I hope you get tons of referrals and job referrals through her site as well as your own and your blog.
Times are definetly tough right now. But I wish you the best success in your endeavors, Liz :)

~Lisa
New Mexico

Latigo Liz said...

Thanks guys. It’s tough, but we should be OK for a while. I do need the work, or to sell more rhythm beads again, so keep me in mind if you know of anything!

Pony Girl said...

Great talents, Liz! I will definitely let you know if I know anyone that could benefit from your work. I would love to design websites- if I knew how! I just love looking at sites and people's creativity in their design! :)

SunnySD said...

Good luck and lots of success to you! Your new site's logo is lovely :)

gtyyup said...

Good luck Liz! I know the bad economy feeling...how many part time jobs can one person have? As many as it takes!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Wow, I LOVE the idea of this site! I found the previous owners of my first horse, (who I got when he was 25 and is now 32), they had owned him when he was 10-15 years old. Well, the old guy is quite a character and I knew if someone had him for that long, they would definitely want to know how he was doing. They ended up driving 2 hours to come and visit him. It was a great reunion!