One of the incredible things about horses is their ability to learn. Dressage is, of course, a great testament to a horse’s ability to understand, remember and perform with a trainer.
But what most people (especially non-horse people) often don’t realise is just how intelligent horses are. Not only can they learn by interacting with a trainer, but they can also learn by watching another horse interact with a trainer.
That means that horses can teach themselves how to do something just by watching another horse do it. Pretty incredible, right?
A lot of you reading this might already know about this, and it’s certainly common knowledge amongst some horse people that allowing a horse to observe training is a great way of easing them into the arena themselves.
But here is where it gets more interesting:
A horse will only learn through observation if they are observing a horse that they respect. If the horse that is in the arena (the demonstrator) is of a higher social status than the horse that is watching (the observer), then the behaviour will be learnt. But if the demonstrator is of lower social status, or it is from a different social group, the observer will not learn the behaviour it watches.
The social lives and minds of horses are much more complex than people often give them credit for.
- Horses can learn from watching other horses, but only under some situations.
WILL LEARN: The horse they are watching has a high social status than them.
WON’T LEARN: The horse they are watching has a lower social status.
The horse they are watching is from a different social group.
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Things You Should Know Before Starting an Equestrian Business
Starting your own business is a big financial and personal commitment that can go either very well or very badly. Some will succeed and some will fail, often the difference between these two groups is those who get it right from the start and those who don’t. There are a few things you must know and take into account when you start your own equestrian business, which we will explain below.
Know your market
Literally the first thing you should do before starting a business in the equestrian industry is to know your market well. Before you invest in any land and set up a business plan make sure you know who you are targeting and what they want from your business. If you can read the target market well, this will give you an edge on competitors.
Know what will make your equine business successful
From a glance having a business in the equestrian industry it seems easy to make a profit, going from the high prices that are accepted for services and products. However you may be forgetting that horses are expensive animals to keep and house. Therefore it is imperative that you realize your costs compared to your profits and plan your business accordingly. Being smart with your accounts from the start is very important to be successful.
How to structure an equestrian business
A main thing to keep in mind when starting an equine business is that it can be a liability in legal sense. People can sue you easily. To protect yourself from liability you must do two things; pick a business structure that will allow the most protection for your needs and get insurance. Make sure your insurance will cover what you need it to cover, even if it might cost a little more at the time it could save your business down the track.
A business plan is very important in ensuring your horse business will be a success. It sets out what you want to be as a business and what you are wishing to achieve. Make sure your business plan is comprehensive and goes over long term and short term goals as well as financials.
Horse contracts and agreements
Horse businesses rely on contracts and agreements for almost everything that is involved in the industry. Make sure your contracts state your terms clearly and think carefully about how to word the fine print so as to not get caught later on.
Good luck with your starting your own equestrian business, we hope our advice assists your in succeeding. If you are interested in constructing any equestrian buildings Central Steel Build would love to help you with your project.
8 Of The Most Beautiful, Decadent Homes Ever Built
This enormous home is right in Mumbai and it cost well over 1 billion dollars to build.
The home is owned by the fifth most wealthy person on the planet. The interior looks like a hotel – decked out with the most expensive decor imaginable.
2. Fleur De Lys, Beverly Hills.
This ludicrously expensive home in California sold for over $100 million. Mariah Carey was interested in buying the property.
Despite it’s traditionalist French design, the building was only constructed in 2002 – it’s just made to look historical.
3. Dar al-Hajar, Yemen.
This amazing rock-cut residence was built for then-leader of Yemen in the 1930s as a summer retreat.
The amazing building is not a tourist attraction, offering amazing views.
4. Largest Wooden Home in the world, Russia.
This enormous wooden home was never intended to be so huge or unusual. Built by a Russian gangster, the building got larger as the home-owners ambitions increased.
It was eventually extensively damaged by fire while the owner was in prison.
5. 1009 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
In a city where closet-sized apartments go for millions, this huge building seems almost unfair.
Worth $80 million, the cavernous interiors are grand but plain.
6. Fallingwater House, Pennsylvania.
Perhaps the most famous house ever built in America, this originally cost $155,000 (it was built in 1964).
Since then, it has become a landmark and a public museum. It’s essentially priceless. Many of the architects other buildings sell for around the $1 million mark, but this would likely sell for more than $100 million.
7. Beach House, The Dominican Republic.
This luxurious, expansive house has an enormous shallow pool (it’s not trick photography – it’s huge).
It can be rented for $5,000 a day.
8. Church Home, The Netherlands.
With a breath-taking exterior and interior, this amazing conversion creates a very memorable home in the Netherlands.
Honourable mention: A Louis Vitton House.
This not-so-glamorous house seems to be the work of someone with a passion for fashion and some spare time (and paint) on their hands.
Not exactly luxury, but it’s trying.
Download: Custom-designed home buildings.