There are three common scenarios where people share horses and ponies, or look for a horse or pony for loan.
- Riding for pleasure
- Competition riding
- Polo and race horses
Here are the current horse share listings.
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Georgie Lynch shares her horse Merlin, a 16.2 Irish draft, with Charlotte Sheringham whom she found through website yours2share. Here are the current horse share listings.
Georgie, a 33 year old software business development manager from Warfield in Berkshire, has shared several of her horses before, but always with friends or friends of friends. This is the first time she has advertised for a sharer and the first time she has shared Merlin.
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A good friend of mine, Jackie Bryans, runs the Horse Rangers, a children’s charity based at Hampton Court in south west London. As my parents live nearby, I had heard about the Horse Rangers, but until recently didn’t know how they were run or that they are a charity. I don’t normally write about charities or ask for help or donations, but this story struck so many personal and yours2share chords, I thought I’d write about them to see if you can help.
Over 350 young people attend the Horse Rangers each week – many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, they operate a Riding for the Disabled section throughout the week during term time and in the school holidays there is a ‘Horse Ranger for a Day’ experience for Young Carers to help ensure that these vulnerable young people have at least one positive day away from their commitments at home.
However, it is not just about learning to ride and look after horses, rather it is a very positive tool for personal development. The older Rangers are encouraged to mentor the younger children resulting in many of them growing up to become volunteers and leaders, thereby giving back to the charity.
During the current climate everyone’s budgets are really tight: Horse Rangers relies on volunteers to deliver most of its activities and therefore has a very small staff so the main costs are feeding and looking after their 30 horses and ponies.
Unfortunately a number of their horses are getting rather old: one (who is over 30 years old) is not expected to last the winter and several others are ready for retirement. Because of tight budgets this year the Trustees are unwilling to take in any new horses to replace those that are lost, unless they can raise the funds to feed them over the next year.
Finding the right horses and ponies is never easy, but the Horse Rangers has been offered a pony called Disney who was rescued from abuse at Spindles Farm. Disney was nursed back to health by the Horse Trust where the Horse Rangers retire their horses. Disney is only 5 years old and at 14.3hh he is the perfect size and build for the majority of children to ride. Moreover despite all the abuse he has received in the past, he continues to have a very gentle nature and the Horse Trust think he will therefore be the perfect pony for the Horse Rangers and he should be able to give a good 20 years of service before retiring (so a great long term investment!).
If you are in a position to make a donation, please go to Virgin Money Giving,
or if you know someone who may be interested in helping with fundraising, the Horse Rangers would be extremely grateful for any help.
Last months edition of Your Horse had a great article about a yours2share horse sharing case study. Many thanks to Geogie Lynch and Charly Sheringham for helping me with this, and of course to Merlin, for being soooo photogenic!
Here’s a great new horse sharing case study: a result from yours2share. I’ve been talking to Georgie Lynch for a few months, when I first spoke to her she thought she’d found a sharer, but then this rider didn’t have enough experience. A couple of months later Georgie emailed me to tell me that she had found another sharer through yours2share called Charlotte Sheringham and a few weeks into the arrangement it is going splendidly.
Here are the horse share listings, rather a lot of them!
The horse sharing category has quickly grown into one of the largest categories on yours2share, with many new ads being posted every day and lots of people registering to reply to ads. The horsey template contracts are also proving popular.
The majority of people looking for horse shares find us because they have searched on Google.So I’ve been paying significant attention to the keywords used on Google, to move yours2share up Google’s organic listings rather than have to pay for sponsored links. (When you search on Google, yours2share links on the left appear if Google thinks our page is relevant. But we pay for yours2share links to appear on the right).
Analysing the keywords for horse share has highlighted a particular challenge: People use an awful lot of keyword combinations.This is true in all categories, but usually two or three keyword combinations stand out as those most commonly entered.For example in boat share, two keywords boat share and yacht share are far more commonly used.So I have to ensure that the yours2share site uses these keywords whenever reasonably possible in page titles, headers and text.
However having analysed the horse sharing keywords there are about 40 that all get heavy use: horse share, horse shares, horse sharing, sharing horses, share my horse, horse for loan, horses for loan, horse to loan etc etc etc etc.You get my drift.And then there are all the pony combinations.Aarrgghh.
So I’ve kind of given up and plumped for horse share, horse for loan and pony share. I’ll concentrate on these and just pay for the rest. Otherwise I think I’m flogging the proverbial dead horse.
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