Starting a Horse Business

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This article is intended for those who have their sights set on starting their own horse business. Find out what this business is all about. Learn some pointers that may come useful as you go about starting one.

Running a horse business may be quite challenging but it is infinitely rewarding especially if you are an equine lover by heart.

There are several ways you can enjoy a career in the horse industry. You can operate a lesson barn. If your funds permit, you can be a breeder. You can manage a horse training business, run a public rental stable, be a horse trader and so on. Your options are indeed aplenty so it is best that you explore all of them before diving in.

As a general rule, in order to make it in this industry, you must have a combination of experience, funding, technical know-how, business savvy and reputation. Other traits that would give you a plus factor are: self-discipline, patience, good judgment, and good communication skills.

    If you are really interested in starting a horse business, enumerated below are some pointers to help guide you.
  • What if something goes wrong and your handler is ill equipped to handle the situation? Make sure that the people tasked to provide grooming and care for your horses have the proper skills to do their jobs effectively. Aside from knowing what needs to be done, they should also have the sufficient work related experience. Your horses are the lifeblood of your business so you should see to it that they are in good hands. A knowledgeable, efficient, and hardworking employee is hard to come by. As soon as you find one, make the effort to keep him a part your staff by rewarding them for a job well done and providing fair remuneration and benefits.
  • You have to make full use of your marketing abilities. Even if your horse breed, product, or service is top notch, it will not matter if you don’t get the word out to your target market. You also need to determine a way to retain your customers. Look at things from a customer’s perspective. If you we were the customer, what will you look for in a horse business? Use your answer to this question as basis for your marketing strategy.
  • As mentioned, your horses are the lifeblood of your business so you need to pay particular attention to their health. Health maintenance maybe costly and cumbersome but it is a necessary investment. Think of the alternative. If any of your horse gets afflicted with an illness, you end up losing money because your horse will be out of commission. Also, it is far more tedious and time consuming to take care of a sick horse than a healthy one. Worse case scenario, what if one sick horse affects the lot of your herd? You may end up losing your business if this happens.
  • Identify your baseline operating expense and make sure you stick to it. Better yet, find means and ways to keep your cost down. Some tips: Whenever possible, buy in bulk because this saves you tons of money. Set a guideline that your staff must follow to ensure that inventory wastage is kept at a minimum. In other words, tell your staff exactly how much bedding, tack, grain, and other resources they can use per horse or stall.

15 Comments

  • 1. Niranjan Pratap said on 9/6/2010 7:21:44 AM
    Bijnor(UP)India, Pls Give me some ways to start a new business of horses With it i'm interested in horse breeding. So pls give up me some good contacts who will help me in this business.
  • 2. katy walsh said on 2/2/2011 7:16:15 PM
    I am starting a Polo Riding Club. I have purchased 7 horses as and as of this date have 3 students. The students are 13, 15 and 16 years of age. The kids rode interscholastic for the past year with the Polo Training Facility in Burleson, TX,USA. The facility closed in November. My main question is about advertising. Suggestions on how to proceed please. thank you KaTY
  • 3. manish tejwal said on 4/10/2011 8:20:04 AM
    I live in India Bhopal Madhya Pradesh,I am 23years old.I am very interested to do the horse business.So plz tell me what can I do to enter in this business and as i told you i am 23yr old so I am to young to deal in this type of business,so please tell me some initial steps to get into this business.please send me your suggestions on my email ID(tejwalmanish@gmail.com). thankyou sir/madam.
  • 4. navneet kalkhande said on 8/19/2011 4:18:21 AM
    please inform me about horse business in india..... how can start and how can run this business. Please inform how much need finance for starting business
  • 5. art bostock said on 10/1/2011 6:06:17 AM
    would like some more information on starting a horse riding club in goa
  • 6. sabeel said on 12/19/2012 1:06:47 PM
    i want to start horse business in hyderabad , andhra paradesh , india
  • 7. Gurmeet Singh Sandhu said on 3/26/2013 2:15:53 AM
    i am from Punjab, India and i would like to start an advanced way of business in Horse Industry please contact me and Suggestions are most welcome. Thanks
  • 8. vipin said on 6/1/2013 3:48:48 AM
    i want to start a new business of horses With it i'm interested in horse breeding. So pls give up me some good contacts who will help me in this business. contact me saini.vip@gmail.com
  • 9. nitin said on 9/29/2013 10:29:56 AM
    hello sir, greetings of the day, my name is nitin and i am from india state haryana, i am graduate and i'm interested to start a new horse breeding business please tell me further steps to start this business which will be helpful such as related to financially and how much place is required for this. moreover, to start this business i should have taken coaching to understand the horses, thanks
  • 10. viola said on 7/16/2014 8:13:01 AM
    Hello sir, greetings of the day, my name is viola and am from Uganda capital is kampala, i am a high school graduate and i'm interested in starting a horse business, please tell me further steps to start this business like finance, space and other things related,i have no clue/coaching before about horses but believe can do it so help me please, thanks in advance.
  • 11. Edward Brandon said on 9/8/2014 6:46:48 PM
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  • 12. Dada Kanse said on 3/22/2015 3:36:55 AM
    Hi ,I am interested in horse businesses, sale ,marketing etc. I live in Maharashtra
  • 13. ravi sharma said on 6/14/2015 3:39:32 AM
    Hi, I'm RAVI living in delhi. but i want to start my horse business in Patna capital of Bihar. Also interested in horse breeding. so please give me detailed information and idea about this businesses.
  • 14. rohit said on 2/16/2016 8:19:53 AM
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  • 15. name said on 4/16/2016 8:12:16 AM
    I'm Gujarat india I want to horse farm investar my good land and place My con.no.8690019797
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