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        04-09-2013, 10:09 AM
    I know that everyone's saying it's not the right choice and there's only debt in this plan for me, but I've always been stubborn and can't get the ideas out of my head.

    What I'm saying is, I've refined my plan a little. Not much, but a little:

    I want to somehow start a boarding facility. Start small and work my way up. Go from owning a property with my own horse, to taking on boarders, to teaching riding lessons (because from what I've found, boarding alone will definitely not cut it). I would like to be a riding instructor and offer trail rides in the summer/fall seasons.

    I'm ready for all the 'BAD IDEA' responses and also ready for anyone who wants to give advice haha :P

    This isn't my only plan for keeping myself afloat, though. I am a photographer starting out in portraits and weddings and have some income from that. Not much, because I'm slowly starting out and building myself up. However, this is a more "present" plan, where my horse-related plans are much more aimed toward the future. Long term.

    As I said, I would love more feed back, thank you to anyone who is putting up with my lost "trying to figure myself out" rant :P Haha
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        04-10-2013, 12:56 PM
    I would suggest taking some courses on business management, equine or agri business management if you can find them.

    You must be familiar with the financial side of owning a business in order to make a successful living. Cash flow projections, sourcing (feed, bedding, human help, tractor/4-Wheeler,) marketing to potential clients, proper insurance coverages, creating appropriate nutrition plans, creating an appropriate vaccination/worming schedule, knowing where you're disposing of all the extra horse poop, even making sure your land is zoned appropriately with the county/state - it's more complicated than just feeding a few peoples' horses.
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        04-10-2013, 12:56 PM
    The only "right choice" is the one that makes you happy.

    If you're thinking boarding facility, it might be worth it to try the equine sciences course with a major in barn management at Olds.
        04-10-2013, 12:57 PM
    For tax purposes, make sure you keep your photography earnings separate from any other "business" to avoid potential problems from any tax audit.

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