It is important to remember that Facebook is just one of the many tools you can use to assist you in the search for your horse or equipment.
Contrary to what some people think, not everyone is on Facebook!
Don’t forget there are other social mediums you can use like Twitter, LinkedIn and Craigslist, just to name a few. Remember, when you use social mediums, posting one time on one page is never enough. Post, wait a few days to a week and then repeat.
For Facebook follow these simple rules:
Get off of Facebook each day and spend time finding horse organizations, clubs and people through their websites and then email them one at a time. Follow the same steps outlined above for social mediums; this takes more time but it can be well worth the effort! You never know who anyone knows and how many people that can spread your plea for help.
This is a society where everyone wants things handed to them; they want everything easy. Yes, Facebook makes it easy to do just that but it simply is not enough. Most of the places your horse is posted are not searchable by browser search engines so it is of utmost importance to have your horse on a webpage that is searchable.
Make sure you have your horse on NetPosse.com. All of the pages are indexed and can be searched by any criteria on the page.Don't forget to use the link to your webpage on NetPosse.com in all of your postings, email, ets. Pictures, details, flyer, pleas for help, cut and paste social media alerts and updates are all in oine place. When the link is used in many social mediums a picture of your horse pops up automatically.
When you find your horse and someone clicks on an old alert, the recovery information will be there of them to review.
If you think that this is not important then please watch this video on Youtube of a victim getting her horse back after almost 10 years. Her horse was found on her NetPosse webpage--and found because the search engine crawlers can pull information from these pages.
Click here to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJpFYKagVRk
I hope this help you understand that finding your horse may not be easy or quick. Persistence often pays off and we have seen proof of that through Stolen Horse International’s victims. We can help you get started, answer your questions and provide you tools to help you along the way. However, the search and the results ultimately end up on you.
Here are a few resources and suggestions that may help you understand how to be for effective in your search for your horse.
How to Search on Google: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/134479?hl=en
Tips for Searching the Internet, Windows: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/tips-searching-internet#1TC=windows-7
Tips to Effective Internet Searching, Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University: http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/searchtips.html
United States Horse Auctions - NetPosse.com http://netposse.com/auctions.asp
Suggested Search Words
The list is endless but here are a few key words to get your started finding people who may help you. The words horse, equine and equestrians should be where you start your search.
Horse, equine, horse associations, horse clubs, horse breed, horse classifieds, horse auctions, horse events, American Horse Council, [Your state] Horse Council, equine, equestrian, farriers, Veterinarian , horse councils, horse rescue
When you find a page that is a good resource, click on the CONTACT or MEMBERS buttons for contact information.
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