“As long as people research what their resources are, what support they have available, what their fallbacks are, their competition and where they want to be in the future, they are likely to have a plan that will succeed.”
A lot of people involved with horses are passionate. Very passionate. That’s what makes the horse community special; everything is done with real enthusiasm and real energy.
Passion for the equestrian world is necessary because working in the industry is hard work, long hours and relatively low pay. The reward is the work itself; being able to spend every moment of your week working with horses. That love for the work needs to be able to get you out of bed early every morning.
All good businesses are built on a wealth of experience. The longer you’ve been around horses, the better you will be able to make business decisions.
The single best option for getting into the horse industry is to find a way to start small. Start a hobby business. This will prove that your business idea works and will give you the experience you need to make it work on a larger scale.
It’s very difficult to start an equestrian business alone. Support in any form is helpful.
If you have a partner with a stable income, that can give you the freedom to get your business off the ground.
If you know people already in the industry; ask them for advice. If you are humble and hardworking, people will be willing to help you out.
When you’re assessing your prospects, honesty is the single most important attribute you can have. Don’t let your passion cloud your view. If something doesn’t look like it will work, don’t do it.
Passion will drive you, but honesty will make sure you succeed. Be a realist as often as you can.
A business plan
A lot of people throw themselves into things without a forward-looking plan. Planning can be frightening; it’s the moment you find out if your business really has a chance to work.
That’s the reason it needs to be done.
Good people skills
Interpersonal skills make a big difference in the equestrian industry. They will help you grow your reputation and ensure that people come back to you.
Horse riding is a hobby for most people, so they want their experience to be a pleasant one. Try to offer that.
Setting up a business is half the battle. You then have to maintain it and grow it. Without clear goals being set, it’s easy to be idle and miss out on opportunities.
Setting goals will improve your growth, help you avoid failure and they’ll make running a business more enjoyable.
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5 Inspiring Design Trends for Australian Homes
Small is convenient and stylish
Minimalism is a trend that has taken over home architecture recently. This trend is driven by the current high prices of land pricing and the environmental cost of large homes. Also, the idea of living more simply without compromising quality of life is promoted by minimalism. In accord with this fad architects are needing to factor in the use of space and ease of living when designing homes.
Welcome back nature
The idea of bringing the garden inside the house has come to life in the last few years in forms of rooftop gardens, fern walls and interior design features that celebrate nature. Indoor garden elements bring in a less structured approach to design with a fresh and natural atmosphere.
The trend has been encouraged by largescale projects such as 2009 New York High Line elevated park and the latest Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea.
Above ground pools
Above ground pools have become common recently in city houses, often around the same size or slightly larger than an inflatable pool. These pools are more design orientated than practical, with the purpose to provide a view of water from the kitchen or living area. They tend to vary in size, with some being big enough to swim laps in while others being only waist-deep in water.
For a long time now kitchens have been designed to be an open space in the centre of the home, with easy access from any room in the house plan. This is changing as more people are taking on the idea of a hidden kitchen called a ‘prep kitchen’. These small tucked away spaces allow for food preparation, necessary appliances and the mess of cleaning up to be hidden from sight. This idea allows for the ‘on display’ kitchen to follow a minimal design and be more of a social area in the house for when having guests.
Energy efficient homes
The ideas of energy efficiency and ecological design have found their way into modern architecture building and design. These homes do not only have a lighter ecological footprint, but they are trendy and in fashion at the moment.
Five Biggest Mistakes When Building a Horse Arena
If building a horse arena is costly, making mistakes in the process can be painfully costly. A horse arena is a major investment, and getting it right in the earliest planning stages will save you a lot of time, money and heartache. Take the following points into consideration if you’re planning to construct your own arena, and remember than one mistake made can often lead to others.
1. Location by nature, not by aesthetics.
Obviously, drainage is a problem that looms large in arena construction. It is important to locate your arena on a high point of the property; never choose a site that is at the base of hills, or in the path of runoff water. Working with nature rather than against it can cut the drainage battle in half, and will probably reduce the costs as well.
2. Drainage; Get it right the first time.
Water pooling on your arena will lead to a breakdown in expensive arena surface and sub-layers, and create an unstable riding environment. Make sure you design a proper, realistic drainage system based on location, the lie of the land, anticipated annual rainfall, soil type and your own sub-layers. There are a number of methods used for arenas, take the time to investigate which will work best with the above factors. Obviously, building a covered over horse arena will eliminate a lot of the drainage problems, so long as surrounding run-off is properly drained, the arena surface itself won’t have to stand up to downpours and sodden surfaces. Another big advantage of a covered arena is that you can collect and store the water at little cost and with huge lasting benefits.
3. Use the right materials.
It is absolutely essential to spend time and money to ensure you use materials that will work for your arena. There is no across the board ‘rule book’ for sub layers, as materials vary from region to region. Skimping on base layers or choosing the wrong materials can undo the ultimate effectiveness and quality of your arena in a wink. Have a good idea how you want to use the arena when choosing materials, so you can make sure you have the right amount of each layer, and that one layer won’t become too thin after compacting to be effective.
4. Top layer is crucial.
Ideally, a “perfect” riding surface should be cushioned to minimise concussion on horse legs, firm enough to provide traction, not too slick, not too dusty, not overly abrasive to horse hooves, inexpensive to obtain, and easy to maintain. There is a wide range of top fill products available on the market, both natural and commercially produced, and your selection will depend largely on your budget and intended arena use. It would probably pay to make use of some local knowledge, talk to the people who have already done what you are seeking to do.
You can extend the lifetime of your arena by practicing some simple TLC. Harrow the topping regularly to prevent it compacting too much. Removing manure will preserve the quality of your top layer. Watering regularly will keep the dust down, and likewise if the surface is sodden after heavy rain, leave it to dry up a bit before riding. Ongoing maintenance not only saves you time in the long run, but will also save you money in lengthening the time between construction and when your arena is due for a renovation. Once again, building an arena cover will extend the life of your arena a lot by not exposing it to the weather and preserving the surface and below layers.