From the day-to-day stall management, boarding needs, leasing rules, training plan, veterinarian exams, farrier visits, and marketplace, this app can manage it all and more. We all want the best for our horses so we built “The Equestrian” to be that exclusive, one-of-a-kind app you can rely upon everyday for your horse’s health and pleasure.
Visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theequestrian.equestrianapp to download
I’ve been having a great time building an app around a passion that I have, horses. But why build an app for Equestrians and is there a business there? Yes there is and let me tell you why.
I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and was around all kinds of animals including horses. As a small boy, the horses where big animals that were always curious and fun to be around. Then we moved to the city and left the farm life behind. That farm and country life never left my mind and after successful career in technology I’ve been fortunate enough to bring a little of the country lifestyle back into my life. With my sons off to college, we decided to add 3 horses to our lives. Crazy?
After having these wonderful animals with us everyday of our lives for a year getting to ride them, train them and just watch them in the pastures, it kind of like the dream story you always hear. But, in owning 1,300 pound beasts, you have to manage, feed and care for them too. That costs time, money and many other people involved.
So, what does any person that has been in the software business for 25 years do? You look for an app to help manage with all that. And I found exactly nothing that I would like to use. Oh, I found some 90’s looking applications, but basically nothing. So, I started out just creating something to help me manage around my barn. But once I got going and sharing with my new equestrian friends, many of them convinced me to make it so they could use it and connect to the horses too.
After doing my research, I found the following
- Over 9.2 million horses in the United States
- 7.1 million people in the United States involved in the equine business
- 1.4 million full-time jobs
- $112.1 billion dollar eonomic impact
Sure, this is no Facebook or Snapchat startup opportunity, but who is even trying for that anymore? Sometimes looking in odd places develop great new business opportunities if you structured it right for the audience. It’s powerful and allow people to stay connected in the care and enjoyment of these wonderful horses through an app on their phones.
visit https://equestrianapp.com to see it.
More to come. Patrick
On some days, building an app is much easier than picking a brand and logo. But I think we nailed it with this logo. The top of the E being made into the back of the horse is perfect. What do you think?
There many emotions that you experience when building an app. Finalizing a logo and brand is dreadful because there is no going back. Sometimes picking colors and fonts for the UI/UX is the most painful and time consuming. But coding the features and functions is easy and gives you a great feeling as it comes together. http://www.EquestrianApp.com #watchthejourney #horse #startup
One of the first apps I created was right after I graduated from college when I created “Assistant Basketball Coach”, which allowed coaches to capture the statistics of the game into a database for analysis and reporting during and after the game. It was probably one of the most fun applications that I ever created because it was a niche app that focused on a primary passion I enjoyed. The software was used by thousands of coaches around the world at its peak, until I sold that business in 1998. After that, I was onto creating and selling enterprise software for years which was a lot of fun, but can also be quite unfulfilling.
Now, fast forward several years. I’ve had an opportunity to “go back to the farm” if you will, and added a few horses to my property. In learning and working with these horses, I’ve found that the community of equestrians out there, do not have a system or app that allows them to connect everyone in the care and enjoyment of these wonderful equine animals. After several months of research and visiting a lot of horse owners, boarders, leaser’s, trainers, vets and more, I believe I found my next app adventure. I hope you tag along with the adventure.
I will blog on the design, development and beta testing through this medium and also at http://EquestrianApp.com