Firstly, let me start off by saying this is ALL theoretical. I'm at uni, and plan (in many years) to do something in psychology (clinical). As a result, I know that this theoretical plan won't be put into action for a few years (at the very least) as I don't have the money, or time, or facilities. But hey, a girl can dream!
So, now to the "business plan"... as it were. For me, it'd probably be more of a side thing - not my only (or main) income source. Simply because I would still want something to fall back on should this idea fall flat on it's face and result in me really ending up worse for wear financially - and let's face it, unless you're breeding or racing horses to a splendid level, horses aren't all that profitable anyway XD I would like to buy horses (or obtain horses) from off the track or at auctions (as "rescues from kill buyers, or just cheap) and then bring them on to a decent standard in a certain discipline before selling them on (for profit).
Well, that's the dream. I just feel that it could kill two birds with one stone. Some racers get put down after their career if they can't be sold, and there are some horses in auction who may be destined to be purchased by a kill-buyer... and by taking these on and bringing them up and selling them, it could give them another purpose in life as well as giving somebody a horse that is safe and "rescued" in a sense.
I don't really know.
Frankly, I don't see this happening in ten years - at least not as a full blown business. I intend to bring on horses as and when I come across them, and help them. That's the main goal - to help them. The money side is to just keep it going so I can better provide for them. I would definitely seek advice from any and all professionals and broaden my knowledge on horses... by expanding my evergrowing library of equine-related media XD This sort of project would not only be designed to help the horses, but I can further my knowledge and experience of the breeds and training too.
So, a question - do any of you guys do something like this? Have any of you brought on horses in poor state and turned them into some decent English or Western horses? And also, if you have, where are you from?
I don't think that there are many horses who go to kill buyers in the UK... I haven't thoroughly looked. If anybody knows of any specific auctions, etc, where there tend to be kill buyers or poor-conditioned horses, can you provide links? However, In my area, there are some groups who do have a lot of OTTBs and my family know of one man who runs a racing yard (all my past horses have come from him, and we've brought them on so I have - at least - a basic knowledge of OTTBs)
I've sort of lost the point I was making... er, anyways, if any of you have experience or advice, please let me know. I'd be ever so grateful to learn more from you guys.
(And again... all theoretical plans with me. It's a dream, but so far that is all)
ETA - well, apparently more horses go to the abattoir than I thought. I guess I just like to live in a fantasy world where the UK is all dandy... aside from these horsemeat scandals.
I saw this:
And now I just want to try and dent that number somehow and reduce it. Start raising some awareness in my area DX