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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Equicizer Financing

Financing an Equicizer


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There is no question that deciding to add an Equicizer to your herd is a big decision. Whether you are a nonprofit therapeutic riding center or an individual looking for a competitive edge, saving up a lump sum can be difficult. (plus- who wants to wait?) We are proud to offer a few different options in the way of financing to our customers that can help them realize their dream of owning an Equicizer. These options offer unique benefits to those looking to finance. You can use each to purchase an Equicizer as well as accessories for it.


Personal Financing - Finance Program

We have recently (finally!) started offering personal financing for Equicizers through First Mutual Finance. This option is ideal for individuals who desire to bring the Equicizer into the comfort of their personal home or barn, or maybe for those who are looking to buy one as a gift for an avid equestrian family member or friend.

We have the utmost confidence in referring our customers through First Mutual. They have been serving the consumer financing market since 1949 and offer traditional fixed rate finance programs with different terms to fit your needs. Typically, the rates through First Mutual are lower than they would typically be from a consumer credit card.

The convenient online application process will let you know right away if you are approved. The APR is a fixed rate of 14.99% and you can choose from terms between 6-36 months. There is no prepayment penalty with this option, so if you hit the lotto you can pay it off right away with no fees!

If you would like to apply for a First Mutual financing program, check out our online store first to determine how much you need to finance (minimum of $1000) between the Equicizer and any accessories you might want. Next head to the First Mutual Finance page on our website and submit the application! Please remember that, unless you are picking up your Equicizer, there is a $450 freight and delivery charge for anywhere in the continental US. Email us for quotes outside the continental US.

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Personal Financing - Credit Line

Another option for personal financing is to open a credit line through PayPal Credit. This payment method, formerly called Bill Me Later, is a proprietary payment method that offers 6 months no payments or interest! You can apply directly from our Equicizer Store during the checkout/payment process by choosing PayPal as your payment source. 

There is no annual fee for a PayPal credit line and the APR is a fixed 19.99% rate after the first six months. This is a great option if you think you can pay off the balance within 6 months of purchase! You receive a decision in seconds, so if you think this is the right option for you just head to our store, do your shopping, and apply at checkout!

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Business Financing

For this type of financing, you need a business tax ID number. We have a longstanding relationship with Quick Spark and recommend this option to instructors, stables, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, gyms, and many other types of businesses looking to bring one or more Equicizers on board!
 
Financing through Quick Spark's Business to Business Financing program is 100% tax deductible. Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price for financed equipment, so most businesses are able to deduct the entire cost. (Be sure to consult your tax advisor for more information.)

With this method of payment, you can keep the line of credit open after paying off the equipment as a safety net for financial emergencies. Monthly payment plans range from 12-60 month options and variable payments can be set up upon request to match seasonal cash flow.

If you would like to apply for a Business to Business Financing through QuickSpark, check out our online store first to determine how much you need to finance (minimum of $1000) between the Equicizer and any accessories you might want. Next, click here and submit the application! You will get a response with-in 24 hours. Please remember that, unless you are picking up your Equicizer, there is a $450 freight and delivery charge for anywhere in the continental US. Email us for quotes outside the continental US.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at info@equicizer.com with questions about financing. We here at Wooden Horse Corporation want you to have an Equicizer just as bad as you do! It is a big financial decision, but you certainly will not regret it!
 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Equicizer on Harry

Tune In Next Week!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

One week from today, the Equicizer will appear on Harry Connick Jr's daytime show, Harry



The derby-themed episode features former jockey Rosie Napravnik. Harry even takes a turn on the Equicizer!



You can visit the Harry website and click "Where to Watch" to find the list of stations the show will air on in your area. For those watching from Northern Ohio with us, the show will air on ABC 5 at 10am EST.



We might be bias, but we say this will be the best episode of Harry to date! 
Don't miss out!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Travels with Maggie

Loaded up and ready to go!
What a busy two weeks it has been for us here at Wooden Horse Corporation! Aside from a quick day in between to re-group and re-pack, we have been on the road for about 9 days. If you read our last blog you'll know we just got back from our trip to New York City, where the Equicizer was used in a taping of Harry Connick Jr.'s daytime TV show "Harry". However, our first trip took us south to Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio.

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tips to an attendee on the Equicizer
We were thrilled to join up with Steve Lantvit, his wife Jenn and the rest of their team from Thursday through Saturday at Equine Affaire and have Maggie the Equicizer accompany us in the booth. So many familiar faces stopped by during the event and we were happy to see and talk to all of you! Steve also used the Equicizer during several of his demonstrations. We did get a few strange looks as we wheeled the Equicizer back and forth between the buildings 😉 But it just adds a little more excitement and mystique to the demos!

Steve Lantvit demo aboard "Maggie"
the Equicizer at Equine Affaire 2017
We left Equine Affaire a day early so we could unpack, repack and prepare Maggie for her television debut on "Harry". Maggie rode in the back of Frankie's Ford Explorer (on both of her trips) and arrived in New York on Tuesday afternoon where we dropped her off at the CBS studio. The next afternoon we drove back into the city - which was quite an adventure itself - for the taping and went on the set to tack Maggie up and get her ready for show time.

We were thrilled with the segment which was shot with former jockey Rosie Napravnik appearing first, giving a demonstration on the Equicizer and then offering Harry a leg up for his turn. (Thankfully, we decided last minute to lower the stirrups another couple of holes or Harry's 6'1" frame may not have allowed him to get his feet into the stirrups!) It was great fun for everyone, the audience included, and Rosie gave Harry a fantastic jockey lesson aboard the Equicizer.

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We are back in the office now, getting caught up and settling into the swing of things. We appreciated all of the friendly faces we encountered on our travels and look forward to what's next to come. Joining our newsletter is a great way to stay up to date on any future trips and events we do with the Equicizer.


by Kayla Jarvinen
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's Next?

We run a small cat rescue on the side
- kidding - but it's not uncommon to have a
few extra visitors in the office.
Hello everyone, this is Kayla coming to you from Wooden Horse Corporation headquarters 😊 As many of you know, I run the Equicizer office here at our base in Norwalk, Ohio. My job description is a varied one but it includes corresponding with customers, invoicing, setting up shipments (big and small!), handling paperwork, updating our website, brainstorming with our social media expert Amanda Chicotel about our bi-monthly blogs and monthly newsletters (which she does a fantastic job of putting together, by the way), ironing out the logistics of any trips or events we do with the Equicizer and... answering the telephone!

There are so many fascinating aspects of working for a small – but growing – company but honestly, answering the phone is one of the most interesting! You never know who’s going to be on the other end when you pick up but you try to prepare yourself for just about anything. I’ve had more than a few interesting conversations since I began my time here. One such conversation took place just a couple of weeks ago.

Harry Connick Jr. on the set of "HARRY"
We get our fair share of telemarketers and scam phone calls but one rule we have here in the office is that you always – always – pick up the business line. No matter what. (Because you never know, right?) About 2 weeks ago I was updating our order spreadsheets when the telephone rang. Glancing down at caller ID, it read “CBS Broadcasting”. I paused, curious, and answered. The caller on the other end said they were such and such from Harry Connick Jr’s show “HARRY” on CBS, and they were interested in obtaining an Equicizer for an upcoming Derby themed taping of the show!

We are excited to share this news with all of our friends and supporters! We’ll personally be bringing an Equicizer to the CBS studio in New York City for an April 12th taping of the show and former jockey Rosie Napravnik will give Harry a jockey lesson aboard the Equicizer. We’ll be watching from the audience and look forward to sharing photos of the event on social media. We don’t have a date yet for when the show will air but we’ll certainly keep everyone updated as we find out!

The Equicizer has been used in Hollywood on a number of
occasions, including for CBS' reality competition
show "Big Brother"
We’re also excited to let everyone know that the Equicizer will be used for certain close up shots in the upcoming premiere of “THE SON” with Pierce Brosnan, which debuts this Saturday, April 8th on AMC and SundanceTV at 9/8c.

We hope you’ll tune in with us and hop on for the ride, because you never know what might be next!
by Kayla Jarvinen


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Anatomy of an Equicizer Elite

Each and every Equicizer is hand-crafted with great care. We are proud of all the unique horses we send out to private homes, physical therapy centers, lesson programs and jockey rooms worldwide. This week for Wooden Horse Wednesday, we want to feature our Equicizer Elite model and give you an up close look at the components that make it great!

 

Head

Each Equicizer Elite features a graceful hand-carved head that offers a more refined and realistic look than the Equicizer Classic model. The head of the Elite can be customized in a variety of ways to make the Equicizer resemble a horse of the purchaser's choosing. Frankie has even made Elite models resembling famous horses like Zenyatta! The sky is the limit and we encourage you to send pictures of the horse you want your Elite to look like. Frankie carefully shapes the head and paints on facial markings such as blazes and snips.
Bonus: Click here to see the video "making of" Zenyatta Equicizer Elite for jockey Mike Smith. 

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Neck

The neck of an Equicizer might not look all that complex from the outside, but what lies beneath is a system of rubber bands and springs connected through the body that give the horse it's unique, proprietary motion. The system was designed by Frankie after a bad racing accident and refined over many years. Did you know the earliest Equicizer model did not have body movement at all? The Elite model comes with a 10 year extended warranty on the neck bands and springs*!

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Body

The body portion of all Equicizers is made in a similar fashion to the hull of a boat. This makes the horse solid and structurally sound thus capable of holding a significant amount of weight (up to 500 pounds). The Equicizer can safely support multiple riders across its back (within the weight limit) and/or riders who are unable to distribute their own weight evenly. The body is carpeted with marine grade carpet designed to be long-lasting, stain/weather resistant, and easy to clean. Every Elite model is outfitted with a personalized brass nameplate on the front as well as handles that can be used to easily lift the Equicizer if needed.

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Base

The Equicizer Elite model is supported by a metal base covered by elegant solid oak running boards that match the other wooden components. The base includes locking metal caster wheels that allow the horse to be rolled in any direction and then safely locked for mounting and riding. The base is sturdy enough to be used as a step up for mounting, if necessary. If the rider would prefer a taller mount, we sell a Riser Stand that can elevate the horse to height of 14.0, 14.2, 15.0, 15.2, and 16.0 hands. There is also the option of the heavy duty diamond plate aluminum All Terrain Cart, which allows the Equicizer to roll over dirt, sand, stone and grassy areas with ease.


Mane and Tail

The mane and tail of the Equicizer Elite can be customized to resemble virtually any color you would desire on a horse! Frankie goes above and beyond, even sometimes custom mixing the hair colors to find the right look for your request. The locks can be customized to different lengths as well. While the hair may be a more aesthetic component, we know many little girls who get quite a lot of satisfaction out of carefully braiding and caring for their Equicizer's mane and tail. The mane and tail also provide an opportunity for a sensory therapy application. They make the Equicizer more lifelike in appearance. 
Fjord Mane!

The Equicizer Elite is available today for $3,995 and comes with your choice of English, Western, Therapeutic or Racing reins. We have a variety of options available for financing. Please send us an email or visit our online store if you are interested in the Equicizer Elite!


by Amanda Chicotel
 


*Restrictions apply: does not apply to programs, organizations, schools, racetracks or other training facilities where excessive use from multiple persons occurs, in this case parts are under warranty for 5 years.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Equicizer Testimonials

Over the last few weeks we have received more than one beautiful testimonial from some of our Equicizer owners. They're too inspiring not to share, so take a peek and we'll show you where you can read more...

My LOVE for Chance

Debra was the recent winner
of our "Valentine's Day" themed photo contest!
My husband bought me my Chance 2 years ago for our Anniversary, and it is the absolute best gift I have ever been given. He knew that it was time for me to give up riding real horses, but he knew how good the motion of the horse was for me. I was diagnosed with MS 23 years ago. Although I am managing it ok, being able to ride Chance and do exercises on him has clearly made a difference in my life.

For me, Chance is my chance to stay fit from riding. Thank you Frankie, for my wonderful Chance.
 
-Debra H.
 

"California Pal"

Equicizer Team-

I want to send a note of thanks for "California Pal". What a wonderful example of craftsmanship, superiority, useful product, and professionalism. Everything from the ordering process, confirmation correspondence, and shipping went so smoothly. The shipping company did a wonderful job, and I must compliment the packaging engineering. Top of the line job team!

As a testimony to the product, I would like to say what a wonderful riding tool this is to help me stay in shape. I've been riding for 20 years/ 5 days a week. I moved to California where horse access is far and limited. I came back home after two months for a visit and to ride. After riding my Quarter Horse for 15 minutes my legs were so sore, and I was amazed at the loss of flexibility in my legs--especially my ankles. Oh yes, my core was very "loosey-goosey" as well. I had the opportunity to ride and train on "California Pal" for a week before coming home for another visit. I could tell a large difference in my riding. I felt like a strong, confident rider again. Additionally I did not suffer from any leg pain--My riding legs have come back!!

Thank you to everyone involved. It has been a true pleasure.
 
-Christina S.
 
Lastly, one of our most recent customers - Joan - sent us this beautiful photo of her and her new partner, "Cowboy", who is going to help her stay riding fit during the winter months!
 
 
 
To read more of our testimonials and customer stories, you can visit both our Equicizer Classic and our Equicizer Elite store pages. Scroll down to the bottom and there you will find a collection of some of the many testimonials that we have received in recent years.
 
If you are an Equicizer owner yourself, we'd love to learn about your journey with your Equicizer - however big or small! You can leave a review as well at the above links or send us an email at info@equicizer.com.
 
Thank you to all of our customers and supporters who have left feedback and have helped us make the Equicizer into the life changing tool that it has become.
 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ride for the Cause with "Shady Lady"

By Christine Ferrucci

The Calvanese Therapeutic Learning Foundation was organized in 2004 by Christine Calvanese-Ferrucci as a not for profit entity. Because of the kind, loving support from the late attorney Robert Wetmore, we were able to help many children in Central & Eastern Connecticut as well as New Haven County. For many years we sponsored events and raised money which helped many kids receive therapeutic horseback riding. We are better known as Ride for the Cause...our fundraising logo inspired by Robert. We had the esteemed pleasure of meeting this attorney who quickly took to the concept of helping children through equine therapy. Robert, a Shriner for many years, already had a philanthropic, kind soul. We will always remember Robert for teaching us how to trust and persevere toward our goals

In 2010 Ride for the Cause raised money to purchase an Equicizer we named Shady Lady, the namesake of our founder's first horse. Christine personally endorses horseback riding and the Equicizer. She knows that horseback riding helped balance her own attention deficit. We are best known for using Shady Lady to provide a better understanding on how children benefit from movement, learning and creativity.
 
It is rewarding working with individuals having the knowledge that horseback riding can be fun and motivating while people can work toward peak performance and overall well being. The members of The Calvanese Therapeutic Learning Foundation personally endorse the Equicizer and love having it in our program as it’s cost effective, less liability and can be used in a controlled setting.

We often provide traditional therapy modalities; however, tandem riding has shown to be beneficial for children who would initially have difficulty on their own. Shady Lady has helped many kids in a similar way benefit from a riding simulation. Both Alex and Tori can now ride independently.

We currently strive to form relationships with schools, riding centers and therapeutic environments throughout Connecticut. We also work with communities by creating opportunities and advocating for kids, making recommendations and referrals. We especially endorse social curriculum programs. Our organization will continue its mission to bridge the gap for all children to thrive in their school environment.

You can learn more about The Calvanese Therapeutic Learning Foundation by emailing Christine at christineferrucci@gmail.com.