Some people tattoo themselves into the fiber of your...

When I think back on the last 18 years of being a business owner, and a boss… so many people’s...
When I think back on the last 18 years of being a business owner, and a boss… so many people’s boss. Gah. Is that what I am? I didn’t set out to be that, but there it is. When I think back on the people that have passed thru the doors of our business over the years I am suddenly hit with a dose of retrospection I did not anticipate. There are those that have come and gone. The ones,...
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I don’t have the words to describe how much of a jer...

I don’t have the words to describe how much of a jerk I am. Yesterday was day 20-something straight at work...
I don’t have the words to describe how much of a jerk I am. Yesterday was day 20-something straight at work due to NFR, etc… We were scrambling to get all the remaining inventory online for the annual After NFR Sale, I had a vet appt. at 1:00 to ultrasound and see how badly my good barrel horse’s leg was jacked up due to getting it caught in a fence the day after I left for Vegas, I haven’t had time...
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I didn't want to go to work anymore.

I didn’t want to go to work anymore.  The business that had once fueled my passions and could keep me...
I didn’t want to go to work anymore.  The business that had once fueled my passions and could keep me up 24 hours straight, effortlessly churning out new designs, didn’t exist anymore. It now felt like work.  After 17 years, I had unwittingly steered us down a path where we were spending a large percentage of time mass producing wholesale products. Tho successful, the opportunity for creativity was so limited that I had almost forgotten what it felt like. My...
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Vinny

I’m writing this because there’s somebody that needs to read this. There’s somebody who has a horse like this in...
I’m writing this because there’s somebody that needs to read this. There’s somebody who has a horse like this in their pasture and is doubting themselves like I did. I wasn’t supposed to own him. I actually went to look at another horse, a 2 yo, that was bred better, but turned out not to strike my fancy in person. And as we were getting ready to leave, the owner confessed she was going thru a divorce and just needed...
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My favorite horse wasn't the one that won the most.

I’ve been struggling with saddle fit on one of my colts, and decided to rummage thru my tack room for...
I’ve been struggling with saddle fit on one of my colts, and decided to rummage thru my tack room for an old pad I knew I had. I found the pad amidst a stack of others, and when I pulled it out, I noticed the patch on the back corner and was hit with a truck load of memories I wasn’t expecting.     You see, this pad is 10 years old. I won it on my old horse Bumper, who is...
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150 Days in Vegas!

It just occurred to me that this will be my 15th year going to Vegas for the NFR. Multiply that...
It just occurred to me that this will be my 15th year going to Vegas for the NFR. Multiply that by 10 days of rodeo each year, plus the days before/after, minus the years I flew in and out… and we’ll call it 150.  I don’t get too excited about Halloween anymore. Playing dress-up in Vegas for 10-14 days a year makes Halloween look like child’s play. I’ve got an entire section of my closet dedicated to sequins, fringe and...
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Horse Buying 101

Buying horses. To me it’s one of life’s most exciting, nerve wracking, endorphine-filled experiences. There’s nothing quite like unloading that...
Buying horses. To me it’s one of life’s most exciting, nerve wracking, endorphine-filled experiences. There’s nothing quite like unloading that new prospect at your house, and watching them scat around the pasture for the first time. Infatuated with thoughts of the future, convinced this is the best investment you’ve ever made. Tho I am in no way in the market for another horse, I still check out BHW and various “Barrel Horse’s For Sale” FB pages on a weekly, if...
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The Truth Hurts

"Had a bad experience with Tack repair after spending over $750. Spent money to send it back and have item...
"Had a bad experience with Tack repair after spending over $750. Spent money to send it back and have item fixed and product was not fixed when I got it back and I ended up fixing it myself and didn’t get any money back.” ~Anonymous A couple months back we posted a quick Customer Survey with some pointed questions to help us gather information about our customers. Where you live, what you do with your horse, etc… and most importantly to gauge...
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How to build a $100 tack set

I kind of wanted to title this one “Don’t Be A Sucker”, but then I thought that might be a little...
I kind of wanted to title this one “Don’t Be A Sucker”, but then I thought that might be a little aggressive. But, if you are interested I’ll explain how you too can make a $100 tack set. We’ve all seen them being sold. But how do they do it? But first a little back story… About 18 months ago my father in law, Jim SR, (who does all our carving at HB) brought an issue of Western Horseman to me...
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Why We Don’t Suck

I was not a rich kid. My parents gave us a yearly “allowance” to spend on school clothes, and once it...
I was not a rich kid. My parents gave us a yearly “allowance” to spend on school clothes, and once it was gone it was gone. Being a child of the 80’s, this was typically spent on a pair of white Keds, an Esprit bag, a bunch of stuff from Ross Dress for Less, and a bazillion pairs of colored socks. (Because this was back in the day where we layered them by colors. Remember??) We also loved our skin-tight, lay...
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Over $100, are You Serious?!?

So this just happened… And we could have gone on there and tried to substantiate our price and argue with...
So this just happened… And we could have gone on there and tried to substantiate our price and argue with her about this, but instead some of our fabulous customers went to bat for us. That, in my opinion, is the kind of advertising you can’t put a value on. And because of this, I’d like to give you a revealing peek into a deceptive business strategy that you may have never noticed. Facebook is a huge marketing avenue for...
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Boots, Barrels, Bimbos and Boobs! It’s RODEO GIRLS b...

This would be a fitting caption for the advertising poster for A & E‘s newest reality TV show Rodeo Girls....
This would be a fitting caption for the advertising poster for A & E‘s newest reality TV show Rodeo Girls. Am I right? And after viewing this poster advertising the show… …this undoubtedly is exactly what this show is going to be about. I propose we concentrate efforts and all boycott Rodeo Girls as it is an INSULT to all barrel racers!! I mean, no real barrel racer would ever ride in a bikini!! This is just trashy garbage that...
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