Friday, July 4, 2008

July 2008 Newsletter

What's New

Equine Articles
We launched this new area just last month and have already had some great contributions. Thanks to members Amigo, Bay Mare, and Dexters Girl for adding their articles. We had an extra prize draw for the people who wrote articles and Bay Mare won the lead rope and headcollar. If you haven't read any of the articles yet here are some links for you:

TeachingChildrenToRide by Amigo
ClickerTraining by Bay Mare
FeelingTheDiagonals by Bay Mare
WhatIsEquineMassage by Dexters Girl
CreatingAnEventWebsite by Brett

We also created a new gadget that you can add to the EquiPortal homepage to provide a quick index of all the articles.

If you are in a creative mood, come and add your own article. It's easy and you may find it enjoyable and rewarding. See the Equine Articles area for more information.

Horse & Rider Profiles
How many times have you told people about yourself and your horses in different forums and websites? Now you can use our wiki to create a personal profile for yourself and a profile for each of your horses (including pictures and formatted text) and link to these profiles from wherever you like (emails, blogs, forum signatures / postings etc.). Best of all, unlike most profiles, you are in complete control of the content. This feature is an extension to the articles section.

We hope you enjoy creating profiles to show off your horses and to let people know more about you. If enough people create profiles we will also add a gadget to the homepage that lists all the profiles.

To view and add profiles click here. We have created a sample horse profile and a sample rider profile to give you some ideas on content.

More New Gadgets
We like gadgets on EquiPortal. We have loads, but you only add them to your homepage if or when you want to use them. This month we added the following gadgets:
BBC News - Get the latest news updates.
BBC Weather - Keep up to date with current forecasts.
To Do List - A handy gadget where you can enter a list of things you need to do and order them by date, priority or alphabetically.
Sliding Puzzle - When you have a few minutes to kill you can play this sliding puzzle game.

Make us your homepage to make the best use of all our gadgets and keep up to date with forum postings and articles. You can perform a Google search on the entire web from any of our pages too, making us an ideal place to start browsing.

Forum Topics

Topic of the week: What will a recession mean to horse owners? Let us know if you are being affected yet and what ideas you have to keep the costs of owning / riding horses to a minimum.

Remember to check out previous Topic of the weeks to learn more about other members.

Coming Up

We have been working on a secret new feature over the last month, which we are hoping will be released this month. Watch for more details in the forums.

Competition Results

The winner of last months free draw was "Amigo", who won a Headcollar & Lead Rope. The new draw is now open and this month's prize consists of Leather and Horse Wipes to make your horse and tack look its best. Don't forget to enter, it only takes one click.

And finally...

If you haven't done so already, please come and introduce yourself in the "Introductions" forum.

See you all online or at the horse shows,

Kelly xx

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