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The Profitable Horseman's Newsletter Helping Horsemen with Solutions, Growth and Change in Business
April 20, 2006

Tired of trying to make money in the horse business the old way? I help professional horsemen find new and better methods to add to the profitability of their businesses.

in this issue
  • All Systems Are Go.
  • Time Management TeleForum
  • Others have said
  • Back at the Barn
  • More Profit in Less Time
  • Getting to the Point

  • All Systems Are Go.

    During the height of NASA’s space exploration program, the words that I loved to hear right before a launch were “All Systems Are Go”. Launching a rocket is no small feat, even for hundreds of rocket scientists. The rocket launch cycle was held together with a connection of systems like: communication systems, propulsion systems and life support systems. All systems had to be functioning properly for the launch to happen; the consequences of failed systems could result in deaths.

    Now I’ll be the first to admit that most small businesses, including horse businesses, are nowhere near as complex as a lunar Apollo mission or a space shuttle trip. But, I’d like you to consider the importance of systems in your horse business for the next few minutes.

    Written systems add stability for the day-to-day operations of a business as well as encourage efficiency. Some things that we consider routine and expect everyone to know may still need to have an established system.

    As an example, let’s take a look at a simple system for water buckets in stalls. My system would include checking water levels four times daily and refilling if under half full. The system would state that emptying the buckets and refilling whenever they become contaminated with bedding or unwanted hay droppings. Buckets would be scrubbed with a special “water bucket only” brush once a week to remove accumulated residue. Even though you know all of these things are part of good horse health care, your employees and helpers may not. A written system helps eliminate confusion and smooth out the day.

    Examples of other parts of your business, such as daily turnout practices, that will benefit from having a written system are:

    1. Stall cleaning and manure handling
    2. Daily feeding times and procedures
    3. Welcoming new customers
    4. Collecting payments from customers: Cash, check and credit cards
    5. Answering the telephone and taking telephone messages and relaying to the proper recipient
    6. Arranging and filing horse registrations and health papers
    7. Reimbursing employees for expenses
    8. Preparing for travel to a horse show
    9. Dealing with sick or injured horses
    10. Checking, changing, removing and storing coolers, sheets and blankets

    The above is just a partial list. My point is that every part of your horse business that can be made into a system and placed in writing will be one less opportunity for confusion or opportunity for someone to say those dreaded words, “you never told me that.”

    Invest the time into making systems for your horse business. The benefit of having simple, smooth and synchronized systems is that they provide the GO for a system for more profit in your horse business.

    Time Management TeleForum


    No Cost Teleforum on Time Management-Ten Tips for Regaining Control of Your Time


    Are you struggling with too much to do and too little time?
    Are time bandits stealing your productive time each day?
    Have you had enough of helping everyone except yourself?

    Sign up for this no cost teleforum:

    What: 47 Minute Conference Call with the secrets of being a better time manager.

    When: Wed. April 26, 2006 12:00 P.M.Eastern. time

    Where: From your desk and your phone.

    Click here and send me an e-mail to instantly register and get the telephone number and access code.

    Others have said

    "There it was, hidden in alphabetical order." -- Rita Holt

    "Life was simple before World War II. After that we had systems." -- G. Hopper

    "Life is like an ever-changing kaleidoscope - a slight change and all patterns alter." -- Sharon Salzberg

    Back at the Barn
    back at barn

    It wasn’t until I began to use a system for time management developed by someone else, that I began to understand the benefits of systems. Being able to write down future events and record what happened during the day eliminated much stress and confusion for me. I was able to fill my mind with thoughts that were more important than meeting dates and times and remembering birthdays.

    I have even adopted a system to keep track of the number of “ride days” I have each year. Before I had the tracking system, I’d allow the trivial things of life to get in the way of me having some fun time riding horses. The system reminds me to put down the shovel, hammer and pitchfork more often and enjoy a relaxing ride.

    What should you be tracking in the category of “fun time?”

    Life is short.

    Ride hard.


    More Profit in Less Time

    I show Professional Horsemen how to use 8 key strategies to build a business that creates more profit in less time. Call me and we can talk about how your business can benefit.

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    The purpose of this publication is to help professional horsemen also be Profitable Horsemen.

    Getting to the Point

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