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A Horse Product on Mashable.com is a Test Case for a Super-Niche Social Makeover

A Horse Product on Mashable.com is a Test Case for a Super-Niche Social Makeover | Horse Product News | Scoop.it
The owner of a horse-focused product will find out, in this latest installment of #SocialMakeover.

Via Susie Blackmon
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@FranJurga writes: Horses on Mashable.com? Yes! Read the advice given to the owner of a new pain-management system for injured horses.


What advice would YOU have given her?


Mashable.com plans to follow up in a month to see how her Facebook and LinkedIn efforts are doing.


Are horses really a "super-niche"?

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, May 16, 2013 1:17 PM

Hmmmm. This should be interesting.


A comment from the peanut gallery... you can put a photo of an ice cream cone up on FB and get more comments than you might expect.

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Hand Engraved Horse Holiday Fence Greeting Cards from Crane & Co.

Hand Engraved Horse Holiday Fence Greeting Cards from Crane & Co. | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a taseful, understated holiday card for your business or personal use?


Horse designs abound, but many suggest specific horse breeds or a style of architecture or dress that limits the message to direct appeal to just a portion of the horse world.


People often ask me for a "generic" card that is also tasteful and beautiful and I never know what to say. Then I found this one--a hand-engraved holiday fence greeting card from Crane stationers here in Massachusetts.


I love their cards, and can recommend the beautiful paper they use--they make it themselves! This "generic horse design" will serve you well!


Click on the title or image to open the Crane web site; you may find other cards there you like, too.

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Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Pony: New Holiday Classic | via Doorkeeper blog

Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Pony: New Holiday Classic | via Doorkeeper blog | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

Doesn't this book have the look of the season!


Lucy lives with her widowed mother and grandmother in Maple Grove, Arizona. It’s 1937, and times are hard. Lucy’s mama, Miriam, knits socks to trade for groceries and takes in laundry and borders to get by.


"Though Lucy knows they can’t afford one more mouth to feed, she can’t help but pray for a pony of her own. However, she also asks for something special for her mama . . .


“Please, dear God,’ she said finally, ‘help Mama to find her smile again.’ Lucy could remember when Mama had the prettiest smile ever. Back when Daddy was still alive.


"But like Lucy’s memories of her father, Mama’s smile had faded some over the last few years. If Lucy couldn’t have a pony for Christmas, she’d settle for Mama’s smile instead.”


Click this Christmas Pony link to go to Amazon and read about this perfect gift book for horse-loving young readers.


Thanks to Doorkeeper blog for a great review!

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Breyer's Limited-Edition Zenyatta Foal Will Never Grow Up; Wonderful Gift

Breyer's Limited-Edition Zenyatta Foal Will Never Grow Up; Wonderful Gift | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

Update: Sorry, Baby Z is sold out! They only made 500 and the edition is complete. Check eBay or a Breyer reseller to see if one might be available somewhere!


Zenyatta.com is proud to announce the exclusive release and pre-order for the special glossy limited edition of the new Breyer Zenyatta Foal. An instant classic, this charming keepsake is the perfect complement to any horselover’s collection.


Breyer Model Horses has created a special glossy limited edition foal exclusively for Zenyatta.com. This charming model cast measuring 8″ tall by 8″ wide exhibits the large ears and long legs of Baby Z, features the detailed markings even down to the white markings on his front left hoof and snippet on his nose.


The limited release Breyer Glossy editions have long been sought-after in the collectible horse model world and this prancing little prince is expected to be no exception.


Limited to only 500 total pieces in the edition, each with its very own individually numbered Birth and Pedigree Certifcate, the specially produced glossy foal is available exclusively through Zenyatta.com.


We are now taking reservations on a first-come basis for the glossy foal with the earliest reservations guaranteed to receive the lowest numbers available in the edition.


Glossy Edition Zenyatta Foals will begin shipping the last week in October.


CLICK ON THE BOLD HEADLINE OR PHOTO TO GO TO THE PAGE ON ZENYATTA.COM

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14 Hands Wines Will Bring a Wild Horse Spirit to the 2013 Kentucky Derby

14 Hands Wines Will Bring a Wild Horse Spirit to the 2013 Kentucky Derby | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

Inspired by a press release


14 Hands Vineyards, producer of the top-selling wines from Washington state, has been named a proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, the legendary Thoroughbred race representing the first leg of the coveted Triple Crown of American horse racing.


As wine sponsor for the Kentucky Derby, 14 Hands will be the featured wine at the Churchill Downs concessions and suites during Kentucky Derby Week as well as the Taste of Derby™, an annual culinary celebration benefiting hunger relief that showcases regional cuisine.


14 Hands wines, including the vineyard's "Hot to Trot" blends, are inspired by the spirit of the wild horses that once roamed the arid landscape of the Horse Heaven Hills in eastern Washington. These special horses – measuring a scant "14 hands" tall – developed legendary endurance, strength, and tenacious spirit.


Like these wild horses, the vineyards struggle in the same harsh conditions of eastern Washington. The ability to thrive in this environment  produces the world-class quality fruit that goes into each bottle of 14 Hands, according to the company.


The wine's distinctive artwork was crafted by Cynthia Sampson, an award-winning representational colorist who specializes in brightly colored pastel and acrylic animal paintings.


For more information, please visit 14hands.com


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Freelance journalist Fran Jurga offers assignment and contract writing, public relations, content management and creative services to her clients.

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Horse Head Mask: 101 Uses...

Horse Head Mask: 101 Uses... | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: these masks have been around for a while, especially in Britain, but they made the big time here in the USA when a shirtless jogger in a horse mask was filmed on the streets of New York during Hurricane Sandy.


It was one of those bizarre video clips that had nothing to do with the storm, but it went viral on YouTube anyway.


If you know someone who'd do clever things disguised inside a horse head--or if you want one yourself--here's your chance!


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Gift of Giving: 2013 Horses and Hope Calendar Helps Horses in Need 365 Days of the Year (and keeps you organized!)

Gift of Giving: 2013 Horses and Hope Calendar Helps Horses in Need 365 Days of the Year (and keeps you organized!) | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

HORSES AND HOPE 2013: They look like normal enough horses on the cover..but when you.open this special calendar and read these horses' stories, you'll never take a horse's handsome head shot for granted again.


Are you looking for a feel-good holiday gift that your friends will love? I think I've found it.


I can say that with confidence, because the 2012 edition of this calendar is hanging over my desk...and I'm saving that spot of honor for the 2013 edition.


And it won't ruin your budget, either.


You can join me  by buying a beautiful calendar that also raises money for One Horse At A Time, an equine advocacy group that awards grants to rescues and individuals in need in the horse industry.


Award-winning horse photographer Sarah K. Andrew and designer Gina Keesling of Hoofprints.com have again collaborated on the collection of over 100 photos of horses at equine rescues, in auction houses, and in their adoptive homes.


The subtitle for 2013 is "Faces of Rscue". And what beautiful, poignant expressions are on those faces!


The 2012 Horses and Hope calendar raised over $40,000 for One Horse At A Time's grant-giving fund. With your help, the 2013 calendar can help even more horses.


With funds from calendar sales, the charity awarded gelding and emergency medical grants and distributed feed to more than 300 horses in need.


Saving horses is, like any great mission, a thing that is worked on one day at a time. But at the end of the year, you can look back and see your accomplishments.


By ordering this calendar, and giving it as a gift to your friends or business associates, you help assure that at the end of 2013, there will be many horses whose welfare needs were met, as a guarantee of the year's--and the calendar's--success.


For further information about the Horses and Hope calendar, please contact Gina Keesling at 800-741-5054 or visit http://www.hoofprints.com


The 2013 Horses and Hope: Faces of Rescue calendar costs $19.95 and is now available at http://www.hoofprints.com/ska-a.html


Remember: 100% of the proceeds--not some fraction--are donated to One Horse at a Time's charitable fund.

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Tiffany & Co. T&CO.® horseshoe charm in 18k gold.

Tiffany & Co. T&CO.® horseshoe charm in 18k gold. | Horse Product News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: Who wouldn't like to receive a solid gold horseshoe in one of those little turquoise Tiffany gift boxes this Christmas?


The T&CO.® horseshoe charm in 18k gold is $500. I'm more partial to the sterling silver version, which is "only" $125.


Congratulations to Tiffany's for designing a shoe that is "farrier-approved", wth the nail holes in (more or less) the right places.


Click on the headline or photo to open the page for shopping at Tiffany & Co. online.

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