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post #1 of 7 Old 06-01-2010, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Starting a horse healing yard.

Has anybody read Heartland by Lauren Brooke?

If not, Heartland is a yard where peaople bring their horses with problems e.g headshyness, being backed, trailer trained, nervousness around other horses. Anyway when I grow up I am wanting to have such a place. I was just wondering if anyone has an idea what facilities I might have to have and how much it would cost.

Also another idea of running a normal horse yard or a horse farm is running through my mind. What would I need for that?

Hope you can help me.

P.S If anybody has a yard or something would they mind posting a few pics?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-01-2010, 02:59 PM
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I believe to more common term for this place is called a 'trainers farm'.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-02-2010, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-02-2010, 11:06 PM
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I've read (and love!) Heartland and while a good idea in theory I think it would be a lot harder to accomplish while staying financially viable in practice. I'll just do up a quick list to show what I mean.

Outgoing (Cost)
- Hay
- Hard Feed
- Farrier
- Vet (Standard - vaccinations, checkups)
- Rent/Mortgage Repayment
- Wages
- Registration (Truck/Horse float and car)
- Fuel
- Vet (Emergency - colic, injuries)
- Shavings/Bedding
- Initial purchase of horse
- Riding/training gear
- Rugs/rug repairs

Incoming (Money made)
- Board
- Trainers Fee
- Horses sold

That was just a really quick list I made up there off the top of my head but you can see how the costs would quickly outweigh the profits. The same is true for any training stable/boarding stable but I think when working with "damaged" horses rather than a specific breed/discipline there would be an even smaller (if any) profit margin. Hope that helped a little!

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-05-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Did I mention that I plan to finish a vet course, so I would do the healing.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-05-2010, 01:35 PM
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that would be really cool my dream is to rescue horses too but I also love helping out a smiles its a riding therapy place I love watching the peoples faces glow when there riding. I'm also into photography.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-05-2010, 02:16 PM
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There is a decent "starter" book called Starting and Running Your Own Horse Business by Mary Ashby McDonald, DVM, which gives you a good overview on marketing strategies, money saving tips, how to create a cash-flow chart, business plan, etc, in terms of horse businesses that would be a good starting point for you.

Http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Running-Your-Horse-Business/dp/1603424830/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275761742&sr=8-1


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