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Show Me Your Favourite Breeder Website (& a few related questions...)

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  • #21
    Our website is constantly being upgraded. Our biggest complaint has been we have too much information, but forty plus years in to it, we find it hard to shrink what is going on. If anyone has problems navigating they are welcome to contact us. We are glad to hear about improvements and make changes.

    "Where knowledge ends violence begins." B. Ljundquist


    • #22
      Originally posted by ahf View Post
      Well PP, I have two horses left, then I can just re-name the "For Sale" page the "Sold" page and be done with it. Until then, the two left will be at the top, and the sold ones underneath. Like HAF said - when you are closing up shop, it's hard to gather up any enthusiasm to update your website. I just spent 7 hours updating it because I felt I had to, and I don't know about Mary Lou, but that was one depressing exercise.

      This thread did get me thinking about what I will do with it once I'm completely out. I need to think on it some more, but I'm inclined to leave it up so that if anyone ever ends up with one of my homebreds they might be able to find me. A topic for the "retiring breeders" facebook page I guess.
      Oh I was worried you would take my comments as a negative, I really meant it as a compliment. Although it IS a little salt in the wound seeing all the horses you may have missed out on when you go to a for sale site. I do think your site is very nice. You should keep it up I think, it would be nice for people to see all the info about Fielding, and any offspring of your mares.
      Last edited by Perfect Pony; Jan. 5, 2013, 08:53 PM.
      On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


      • #23
        We do the sales pages by year of birth, so someone can go to (for example) 2010 Sales Horses, and get a brief description of each horse still available from that year, then a link to each horse's individual sales page which includes numerous photos in chrono order (from young foal to most current), along with video link and more detailed information. That way, there is no confusion about horse's age, and people can easily just browse the ages they are interested in. I find most people are either interested in 3/4 year olds (ready to ride or started under saddle) or current year babies.

        When a horse sells, I mark them sold on that page for a few months, AND move them to the Sold Horses page - after a few months, I take them down for the For Sale page. I leave them up on the page for a few months because I have gotten a lot of inquiries over the years, "hey, I was thinking of coming to look at SoAndSo, and now they aren't on the page anymore - what happened to them"? This way, people know, SoAndSo was sold.

        I agree with the comment - good photos are mandatory! We try to keep a "current conformation shot" up, as well as fun action shots - I do all my own photography, and action shots are my favorite. Current means taken within a year - I seldom update in Winter months - our horses are pasture raised, which means they are muddy and hairy in the Winter Not great for advertising.

        To me, a good website means I can easily find information on sales horses, broodmares, and stallions. Sales horses contain current pictures, enough video to see all 3 gaits, and a bit of information about the horse's personality (if they are old enough to include that), training, breeding, etc.

        I hate bad pictures - conformation shots that don't actually show conformation (taken at weird angles for example), pictures that are "head on" - why make your horse look like a bucket head? Sites that are misleading making it sound like "Famous Horse" is a close relative, when really it is a great-great-grandsire, or a cousin-third-removed. Claims that SoAndSo was a champion - when it was a class of one. Sites that are just confusing to navigate. Sites with NO sales price on sales horses.


        • #24
          If you would, check out our site. Www.hyperionstud.com

          I feel we made a site that is easy to get through, and all information is as up to date as we can keep up with. We haven't changed much in 4 yrs but planning on doing some small enhancements to make the browser experience better.

          Any feedback is much appreciated!
          Hyperion Stud, LLC.
          Europe's Finest, Made in America
          Standing Elite and Approved Stallions


          • Original Poster

            Thanks for all the feedback so far! Loving how polished those sites look. They're giving me some good ideas.

            I think I will go with the general consensus and have a "Young Stock" vs "Foals" so I can sort them by year. I think I will go ahead with the news page as well and just be sure to update it somewhat often, especially in the winter.

            Please keep any other suggestions coming!


            • #26
              Many of the websites previously mentioned are very good, however, this one is hard to top for amazing content, regular updates, and ability to see and compare offspring and siblings -- www.rollingstonefarm.com


              • #27
                I don't care about format. Sales page...meh. Cutesy foal pics...meh. What I want to see is VIDEO of stallion. Hack videos. Jumping videos. Offspring videos a PLUS! And of course pictures. Conformation pictures. Of stallion and get. Jumping pics of offspring (especially because getting video of sold horses is tough.) Everyone says you should go and meet the stallion you want to breed to. Well most people don't have the luxury of flying about the country viewing stallions. Bring them to me!!
                What I lack in preparedness I make up for in enthusiasm


                • #28
                  We highly recommend Pat Campbell of HoofBeat Media. She knows horses as well as web design, is easy to work with, creative and practical. Pat uses the Weebley design format, which allows you to easily update you own site. http://www.hoofbeatmedia.com/index.html


                  • #29
                    relaunched website

                    Many apologies for reviving this thread (which I know is very frowned upon in the forums) but I had remembered it from earlier this year when I started this process. We have just relaunched the website for our stud farm in the UK and I would love any comments you have. It is still pretty much a work in progress and there are lots of photos and details to add but you can get the idea. Hopefully there's nothing major but I'd love to hear what you think. Here's the link. www.biddesdenstud.co.uk

                    all best, Rebecca


                    • #30
                      I'm going to agree with DennisM. RSF's website has everything in a very organized presentation. This website is number one with me.


                      • #31
                        I LOVE my new website - www.TrueColoursFarm.com that Natasyha Bay Designs put together for me

                        She's a corporate web designer that wanted to branch into the equine industry and I am so impressed by the job she did for me

                        I insisted on doing a lot of the upgrades / input myself and I admit that I have been tardy in new foal announcements / horses for sale / horses sold and have vowed this week I will get a lot of it done. Now that haying is done I can actually probably DO it too!

                        True Colours Farm on Facebook


                        • #32
                          As a buyer, when I've been looking to buy a horse, dog, whatever - one of my biggest pet peeves was outdated sites. If you're going to have a web site, keep it up to date. Nothing more frustrating than inquiring on something & finding out it was sold long ago.

                          Here is one of my favorite sites. Granted, it's for poodles - not horses - but the layout is easy to navigate, clearly updated and with a date that it was updated (which is my favorite part). I ended up buying a puppy from her and a lot was due to a professional website - and nice, nice dogs.



                          • #33
                            I LOVE Glenhill's website. Having beautiful horses helps too...
                            I see distances. Most times more than one. Sometimes I pick the right one, sometimes I pick the wrong one, and sometimes I close my eyes and let Jesus take the wheel.


                            • #34
                              I built my website based on what I wanted to see, as a buyer, if I were shopping for a pony. Although there are still more things I want to add, I am pleased with how it has turned out. I am also a fan of several others on this thread!! It is so refreshing to see people who REALLY get out there and market their horses and ponies with proper photos and information!!
                              Lorelei Farm - Welsh and Riding Ponies - Visit us on Facebook!
                              Breeding show quality Welsh Ponies for hunters, dressage and driving!


                              • #35
                                Originally posted by DennisM View Post
                                Many of the websites previously mentioned are very good, however, this one is hard to top for amazing content, regular updates, and ability to see and compare offspring and siblings -- www.rollingstonefarm.com
                                Agree -- super job! But Mo has a BIG operation that covers all facets of the sporthorse market (breeding, training, showing) -- she needs all that to promote her biz.

                                However, I was disappointed to see that many of her Sales Horses' videos are sadly out dated; I was comparison shopping on the Foals of 2011 page and the newest video was a year old.

                                She's asking pretty good prices for all her horses, so I have to think she has newer video, but it's more a matter of editing and putting it all on the site itself -- that's a very time consuming job.


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by Kyzteke View Post
                                  Agree -- super job! But Mo has a BIG operation that covers all facets of the sporthorse market (breeding, training, showing) -- she needs all that to promote her biz.

                                  However, I was disappointed to see that many of her Sales Horses' videos are sadly out dated; I was comparison shopping on the Foals of 2011 page and the newest video was a year old.

                                  She's asking pretty good prices for all her horses, so I have to think she has newer video, but it's more a matter of editing and putting it all on the site itself -- that's a very time consuming job.
                                  That's right. Some of the videos are older. I would spend 24/7 doing updated videos on all of the sales horses and someone would still want a newer one. I am happy to go out and get a video on any horse anyone is interested in. They can certainly see if the movement and conformation is there from the earlier videos. I do try to keep up with updated videos of the riding horses whose learning curves are really steep in the early months and years of their under saddle training.
                                  Large Oldenburg and Hanoverian breeding farm
                                  Standing Shakespeare RSF, Fhitzgerald, Sir James and the homebred stallion Dheputy.


                                  • #37
                                    Mo, you certainly have my admiration for the job you do so consistently and thoroughly! Breeding and raising as many foals as you do, you continue to amaze me with all the "customer service" aspects of your website! In the end, it's impossible to be everything to everybody, but let me tell you - you definitely get VERY close!
                                    Siegi Belz
                                    2007 KWPN-NA Breeder of the Year
                                    Dutch Warmbloods Made in the U. S. A.


                                    • #38
                                      We tried to employ a simple format (am not a techy savvy person) with beautiful photographs, and bit of history of who we are, and easy navigation. Peggy Ingles of Entice-Design is wonderful WONDERFUL to work with, she knows horses, has alot of good ideas and is willing to work with me, someone who is a bit strong willed about what I want and how I want it. We provided the photos and the basic idea and she's been great about putting it together.
                                      Also she is very quick to update, something I have a pet peave about. I dislike 'old' news, photos, and a web master that is slowwww to update..To us, simple, colorful, quality photos, and an easy going text is what has worked well for us so far.
                                      And since we are retiring after this year, I was interested (and sad) to read how others are handling/planning to handle the websites........
                                      Last edited by ancientoaks; Jun. 26, 2013, 03:15 PM. Reason: spelling


                                      • #39
                                        My husband and I have a small breeding farm and are basically doing everything by ourselves. Over our respective full time jobs. I have learned the html and css and now learning the html5 and css3 and some php, so I am able to do and manage my website on my own and do some small contracts for other breeders. I try very hard to keep my website updated, but there's always some little details to fix. It has one french and one english version, and over 50 pages total. I am very happy with the result, and I hope people enjoy their visit on it. It is a lot of time to keep it utd but I think it worths it.
                                        Les Écuries d'Automne, Québec, Canada
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                                        • #40
                                          Cartier, What a pleasure to see beautifully put together, properly cropped and docked Dobermans! My geographic location leaves much to be desired for this breed. What a treat finding this thread!