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post #11 of 12 Old 09-02-2013, 08:51 PM
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We started a horse retirement facility in '09 and it is working out well, building slowly with wonderful horses and owners. Some horses have come quite a distance - it all depends what the owners are looking for. I *highly* recommend doing a business plan, including financials. It isn't just the document, it's the process of making it a complete document that benefits us. I made a lot of changes to my plans as I made our business plan. I treat it as a living document and I check the cash flow spreadsheet frequently (especially this year with the cost of shavings and hay increasing so dramatically).

I would be happy to share thoughts with you - including our business plan if you are interested.
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post #12 of 12 Old 09-02-2013, 10:50 PM
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Even the rescues are running into financial difficulties as the donations dry up. I've had people try to dump their dogs on me and I tell them I want enough payment to feed the dog it's remaining years plus ensuing vet bills. I'm not paying out of pocket for a dog I don't want. They seem surprised at my demands.
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