“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.
To see some of our private horse arenas, download our brochure at the top of the page.
5 ways to deal with a picky eater
There can be a lot of reasons for horses to lose their appetite. Sometimes it can indicate an illness, other times is just means they’ve had enough.
But if your horse is otherwise healthy, but you feel it’s not eating the correct amount, here are some simple tricks to help them get a full belly.
- Give them the important stuff when they are most hungry.
Don’t let them fill up by grazing all day and then try to feed them the important supplements and nutrients they need. Prioritise the important stuff first.
- Feed them in isolation.
If they’re around other horses, try feeding them alone. This sometimes works, but can also have the reverse effect, making them feel less comfortable and less likely to eat. Experiment as see if either works for your horse.
- If they have a distaste for a necessary food, mix it with water and grain/hay.
A lot of horses won’t eat because some part of their diet just doesn’t taste great (but you know they need it!). If this happens, add the distasteful food to a sludge of water, hay and grain. This porridge-like mixture will cover the bad taste enough for your horse to get it all down.
- Make sure their diet is correct.
Get a nutritionalist or vet in to examine your horse’s diet. Dietary requirements change depending on weather, activity, age, health and a whole bunch of other things. If a horse is being fed something it doesn’t actually need, a lot of the time they’ll just refuse to eat it.
- Add some tasty stuff.
Throw in some of your horse’s favourites to encourage them to give their food a munch. Bran, molasses, honey, applesauce, grated carrot and grated apple are a few things to try.
- Make sure yourhorse has access to fresh pasture.
A horse will very rarely refuse fresh pasture. If they don’t have access, move them to a new paddock.
- Replace uneaten food.
If your horse doesn’t eat everything, make sure you remove the food after a couple of hours. Old, uneaten food isn’t appealing to anybody.
- Look for other problems.
A lack of appetite can sometimes be an indication of a larger problem. These include: disease, pain, vitamin B1 deficiency, mycotoxin poisoning (caused by fungi/mold), rotten food or stress.
Be attentive and look for other symptoms that might implicate any of these things.
Indoor Riding Arena in Samford, Queensland
We recently built a spectacular indoor arena in Samford, Queensland.
The incredible scenery around the property made the project extra impressive, with forest-covered hills enclosing the perfect riding sanctuary.
Take a look at the photos below or find out how much a project like this costs.
Early concept drawings during planning stage:
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