I dunno, should I feel bad correcting these people’s heinous grammar mistakes? They, to me, scream “English is my second language! Please forgive any and all bastardization!” But, then again, if you’re creating a professional website, by and large considered the MUST HAVE marketing tool for businesses, then perhaps you’d like to have someone with a firm grasp of the language take a look prior to publishing to the world wide web. Can’t afford to pay someone to do it? Then read aloud what you’ve written!
For example, you wouldn’t say “He managed to have already beautiful babies.”
Nor would you anthropomorphize the horse by saying “He insisted that he is ready for a saddle…and accepting saddle without any fuss.” -maybe they’ve been taking lessons from Asia Voight, over the phone, mind you.
“He discovered that cavalletties are for jumping and loves it.” -whoa now. You mean to tell me that your stud will jump over low obstacles? Shut the front door! Hold on, let me go buy the best grade mare from the people featured in this post and sign me up! Hawt damn, those babies will sell like hot cakes! And will be just as useful for riding, I’m sure.
“Homecoming queen wants pictures with him, He is asked to be in the high school year book. His gates are beautiful and so smooth!” Wow. Just wow. You’re telling me that some ditzy blonde (ya, that’s right, I wasn’t homecoming queen! Get over it, I obviously did. 😉 ) who (presumably) knows nothing about horses wants to take a dramatic photograph with the pretty pony? It’s never been done before but it’s just crazy enough to work! Schmitty, stop the presses! This is front page news!
(I think I got over my reservations about snarking this website.)
By the by, did anyone else follow the logic leap that tooks us from homecoming queen to beautiful and smooth gaits? Oh, sorry, that was “gates”. I did not know a horse could own a gate nor take so much pride in their craftsmanship.
“To buy a horse of his breed is $15,000 and up as soon as they are under saddle Why not use the opportunity to breed your favorite mare and have a super horse in a few years?” Yes, because 99.9% of the genetics are from the sire… I love these types of ‘calls to action’ wherein they flash a big ass price at you and say hey, breed now and it’ll only cost ya $x! This only works on people who know nothing about horses – which is a very scary thought, especially when breeding is involved. Oh goody! I can save $xxxx monies by breeding rather than buying! Hurrah! Except, of course they know nothing about the vet calls, the nutritional requirements and the myriad of things that could potentially go wrong. Breeding horses is a gamble, and without knowledge and experience (or help from an experienced individual) the odds increase exponentially – against you.
Point of interest: they ain’t lying about that price tag! Holy mccrapples! I searched for Lusitanos on equine.com and got these results.
Yikes. Just an all around yikes.
I’m pretty sure there are going to be a few people who feel this topic wasn’t “snarky-worthy” but sometimes it’s fun to step away from the horrible wretches and remind people that a passable grasp of the English language is required for business; yes, even horse business. On a stud’s page you might also want to consider including some information on his trainig, what discipline you plan on pointing him towards, some links to his sire and dam (since a large part of the $15k price tag they mention is tied to the breed), oh, and maybe a stud fee. Yup, a stud fee would be a good thing to put on a webpage advertising a stallion available for stud.