Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Possible Business? Any Advice?
I thought of something I could possibly do as a little business as well as being able to work with horses. I don't know if people actually do this type of thing but I'm curious to see if you think it would work.
I personally have been horrified at how many children do not know the safety positions around horses and put themselves in huge danger thereby. I'm teaching my 7 year old cousin all the safety rules about horses and how to understand how they act and think. She is learning fast and already knows her safety positions, you don't stand behind a horse, you don't make fast movements or loud noises around them, ect. ect.
So I was wondering if I taught safety around horses, if people would be interested? I've been around many, many different horses over nine years including, newborn foals and their mothers, abused horses, stallions, training young horses and many others. I would teach general safety, the horse's body language and how to use our bodies to communicate to them, grooming, saddling and bridling ect. I could also perhaps teach them the very basics of riding, such as how to steer a horse and keep control of it, be balanced and all that. I'm fairly good at riding but I don't have any riding instructor certificate!
I was also thinking I could maybe teach things like doctoring a horse for minor things, bandaging and all that.
I personally feel the ground rules and safety are more important as more accidents happen on the ground than actually on the horse. I have an 18 year old mare that would be absolutely perfect for this kind of thing. She has lots of life and spunk to her, but is very calm and sensible. She's especially good with children. What do you think? Would it be a good idea, or are people just mainly interested in the actual riding lessons?