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post #1 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Market for a themed Trail Riding Facility?

Im not promoting anything, just have a question about the feasibility of this type of facility.

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Hey everyone I have a question, I want to start a themed horse trail riding facility. I was wondering, if you could go would you go visit a Medieval themed trail riding facility? Does that sound like fun to you?

What is this themed trail facility? Basically all the horses and employees dress up like they were at medieval times. The trails will have a 'mission' besides just making sure you have fun and commune with nature.
One trail may go out to 'rescue the princess from thieves' another may be to 'deliver the package to the king before the thieves catch you'
The employees will also be actors and they will make the experience as real as possible. You will forget you're in the 21st century.

Let me know what you guys think, okay?

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Also note, there would be every type of insurance possible for this facility.
I know it would be dangerous because horses can be unpredictable. I just want to know if anyone would even want to go to a place like that.


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post #2 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 11:08 AM
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Location location location, All going to depend. If I had 20 horses in Surry County VA, and gave guided 4 hour trail rides Id go broke.
Kalua ranch in Hawaii does pretty good. All about the volume of people in a "tourist" mindset you have in your market.
In all honestly they type of people you get doing this would be the exact same ones that would just come trail ride. Yet your expenses would be much higher.
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post #3 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 11:16 AM
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I would but I'd want to use my own horse.

This kind of thing would be good to market to groups - clubs, reunions, corporate offices (team building). People that already know each other would enjoy this kind of event more than a bunch of strangers.
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 11:19 AM
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yeh that would be cool to host a themed (bring ur own horse) trail ride. Lots of people travel a bit of distance to do them. If you can get a DJ and have a bon fire dance after the ride and word gets out you can have a good thing.
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Trail murder mystery!!
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post #6 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 11:29 AM
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While it sounds intriguing, you need to figure out the 'flavor' of your area and the population.

I think something like this would strike Hollywood types and glamorous and fun, while I personally think it's not something I'd want to do. I don't get into the whole role playing thing.

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post #7 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well I never really thought of having it a bring your own horse type of facility but that is another idea. I know I would need to find the right place. I am trying to scope out Greensboro NC right now since that's where I am currently located.

If anyone has any other ideas they think may make this type of facility work better please post them here.
Thank you for your input


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post #8 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 12:10 PM
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I wouldn't myself. I don't think I could get into the role playing part of it. To be completely honest, as someone who rides for a living something like that would read tourist trap to me and I'd expect to go into it having to ride with a bunch of folks that were completely inexperienced or 'weekend warriors'.

That's not to say it couldn't be a profitable business, I just don't think that the true horse set would be the crowd you would draw.
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 12:14 PM
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That's exactly how I feel, MHF.

Riding in and of itself is exciting and enough of a draw for me, so I think while it could be profitable, it's not going to draw in actual riders so much as tourists who want to pretend to be someone and something they're not.

As far as bringing my own horse? You give me a good riding destination and I'll do it, but I'm not bringing my own animal who isn't used to being draped in a bunch of Renaissance stuff.

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post #10 of 22 Old 07-11-2012, 03:10 PM
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LOL watch the old movie "Westworld"....Now that was a themepark!!!

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