Friday, August 21, 2015

Stable Stories - Married with Horses

I sat down to interview a friend’s non-horsey husband. I wanted to find out just what he thinks of his wife’s horse habit:

Q: Do you know what Hand Grazing is?
A: It’s when I pull $20 bills out of my pocket and feed them to the horse, right?

Q: What chores do you help with around the farm?
A: How much time do we have? Let’s just say the honey do list never ends and she has me building all kinds of crazy contraptions for her to prance over. The most enjoyable thing for me is driving my tractor, using ABI Equine’s TR3 and doing “Man Work”.
Q: (laughs) What constitutes “Man Work”?
A: Chopping wood, digging in the dirt and using heavy duty power tools.

Q: When you see your wife riding her horse, what do you see?
A: (laugh) Apart from the $100 bills floating away in the dust, I see a strong, passionate person with unyielding love for her horse and the sport.

Q: What discipline does your wife ride?
A: Western, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. I’m trying to learn, but I will admit that I don’t know all the rules & the lingo. Sometimes I feel like throwing the red challenge flag at the judges for a review. And I could definitely use a color commentator telling me what is actually happening in the arena.

Q: Driving the truck & trailer to the horse shows must be fun, right?
A: Are you kidding? She won’t let me drive! I lose all rights to the truck come Thursday night when she is packing to leave for the weekend spending spree.

Q: If your wife spends so much time in the barn, do you do most of the house work?
A: Heck No! We hired a cleaning lady. My wife would rather clean stalls than clean the house.

Q: All right tough guy, what do you say to your wife right before she walks into the ring?
A: You mean after I’m done polishing her boots? (laughs) I tell her, “I’m so proud of you and no matter what happens, I love you!”.

Q: I’m charmed. Thanks for your time!

Our habits as equestrians and the fierce love we have for our horse partners can sometimes leave outsiders scratching their heads in wonderment... but we wouldn’t have it any other way. My interviewee mentioned that he enjoyed how happy it made his wife. He proudly proclaimed he is the honorary treat giver (and that the horse likes him better than his wife).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Stable Stories - Barn Cleaner Confessions

Stable Stories - Barn Cleaner Confessions

Attention 4-Legged Manure Machines,
Every morning I’m reminded why I love being an equestrian when I’m greeted with your sweet knickers and bright eyes.
But, that moment instantly dissipates as I gaze upon the disaster that is your stall. I now know how a hotel housekeeper must feel after a night of Keith Richards' post-concert debauchery! Living in a stall is a privilege that can easily be revoked. These are my grievances. You know who you are:
To My Texas Tornado,
I understand that being in a 10x10 stall all night isn’t your idea of a luxury suite, but stirring it up like a Vitamix blender doesn’t help anyone. You insist on making perfectly-mixed smoothies out of every bit of bedding, hay, and manure you can put your hooves on. Then, you proceed to lie in the middle of it, turning your coat into a stinky shade of yellow instead of your beautiful dapple grey.
To My Hay Burner,
The fact that you enjoy the alfalfa is wonderful, but do you really have to discard the grass portion to the corner of your stall before pooping on it? It is perfectly good hay! Asking for more during my night check just because you are still hungry is not helping your cause, Mr. Picky. Let’s try to eat all the contents of your hay and quit being a diva.

To My Bucket Champ,
While your stall is the cleanest of them all (with only a wet spot in the middle), the presents inside your water bucket and feeder, I do not enjoy. Your uncanny ability to aim into these small spaces is quite impressive, but it is more than I want to deal with every bleary-eyed morning. This is a great trick, but please make it happen in a corner. Not in the bucket.

The only part about cleaning your stalls that I truly enjoy is using my ABI Manure Spreader. While you are outside enjoying the lush grass, I am taking care of the disasters that you call home. Not too long ago, you didn’t have impeccable pastures because our last spreader couldn’t shred all of your bedding and hay. I also trust that you've noticed the reduction in flies and gnats pestering you.

I hope you appreciate all the care I put in to making your home comfortable and healthy. Without my ABI Manure Spreader, so little of it would be possible!

All the love I can muster,

Your Human

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kiser Water Wagons

The Kiser Water Wagon is designed by Bob Kiser, an internationally renowned horse arena footing consultant, for precision output of water including on/off control from the seat of the tractor. These two features are vital for use in a horse arena. Building and maintaining the proper moisture level in arena footing is critical to proper footing maintenance. Proper moisture eliminates excessive dust and gives the arena footing the strength and cushion required to enable performance horses to train and compete at their peak. The Kiser Water Wagons come loaded with features perfectly selected for every horse and property owner. These water wagons are built "tank tough" for years of worry free service. Don't be fooled by cheap imitators! Do the research to understand what make a quality water wagon.

 Kiser water wagons come in 200, 300, 500, 1,000 & 1,600 gallon capacities and your choice of off-road or D.O.T. (on-road) configurations. The Kiser Water Wagon finds a home typically in a horse arena, but many of our customers do not own any horses and use our wagons for construction, parks & rec, city, potable water transport and more.

Take a look at our Kiser Water Wagon options here, and be sure to check out some of the videos below to see which Kiser Water Wagon fits your needs!

Monday, February 3, 2014

The View From Above

We tell you all the time about our innovative products - all the bells and whistles, the great features, the ease of use, and how you can use them everyday. But sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of things, it's nice to take a step back and just appreciate what these products are really for, and how something like working a beautiful farmland or a flawless arena can make you feel extremely proud and accomplished. Take a look at some of the aerial videos we've put together - we hope it provides a moment of relaxation for you on this Monday morning!

Find more aerial shots, more videos, and of course more great innovative product information at

Friday, November 29, 2013

Innovations At Work, Everyday for YOU...

We live by the motto 'Innovations At Work, Everyday' here at ABI. But it's more than just a 'slogan' or a catchy way to describe our company. It's simply the truth, and that truth is given back to us by our loyal customers. We couldn't help but feature one of those customers below, simply because we're honored to have the kind of trust and loyalty that Brad Zook gives us.

Brad is from Twain Harte, California, and has three ABI products to his name: A 25 cubic ft. Classic Spreader, a 500 Gallon Kiser Compact Water Trailer, and a 5.5' Arena Rascal Pro. He uses all of these products with his 30 HP Kubota Tractor.

Brad is the kind of customer we love here at ABI - and not simply because he's purchased multiple products, but because he gives us the chance to prove that innovation really works, and we're proud to offer products that can give Brad (and anyone else) the outcome they desire from their work.

Thanks for being such a loyal ABI customer, Brad! We appreciate it!

Do you have multiple ABI products in your arsenal? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Post a picture of your products on our Facebook page, and you could be featured in an upcoming blog or Facebook post.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Behind The Scenes With Clinton Anderson

We recently traveled to Texas to shoot some commercial footage with Clinton Anderson - not only was it a lot of fun, but always a great experience to work with Clinton. Check out some of the "behind the scenes" photos from the shoot!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Patriot's Day

Most ABI products are manufactured in a 700,000 sq./ft. state-of-the-art facility employing hundreds of qualified U.S. workers. Steel is brought in by rail, stored indoors, cut and milled to specification and moved about the facility via massive overhead programmable cranes. These overhead cranes bring the materials to the welding stations that employ both robotic and conventional welding. The steel components then go through a state-of-the-art cleaning with 2 acid washes and sand blasting. The completed components are then given a architectural grade powder coating. Assembly is then completed by specially trained workers. All this is completed in-house so quality is controlled throughout manufacturing. 

We've talked about it before, but this idea of American Innovation carries over perfectly to ABI Sports Turf, our branch of ABI Attachments that includes revolutionary infield maintenance and grooming products and attachments. With summer officially winding down, you might start thinking about the end of baseball season and who's going to end up in the World Series this year, instead of how the field of the Little League team you coach every year looks right now, or how that minor league ball field in your hometown could use a pass or two with an Infield Rascal. 

But what makes us think of baseball in these dog days of summer, especially today - September 11, a day where we have proven to rise up as American's with such a deeply-rooted love for our country, is American innovation. There's the old saying, "What's more American than baseball?" And the answer to that could very well be innovation. When the two go hand-in-hand, it's hard to feel anything but pride for what we all do as a nation to keep moving forward, no matter what. 

Below is a video for one of our newer ABI Sports Turf products, the ABI Force. Of course, we're extremely proud of this product and the work it does, and what it can really do when it comes to infield maintenance. But for today, when you watch this video, take the time to focus on what's surrounding the product itself. To us, it represents American Innovation mixing with America's pastime at it's best; from the scenery, to the groundskeeper, and everything in between. It seemed like the perfect thing to post on a day like today, as we all continue to move forward and strengthen with progress, our American Innovations. 

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