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post #1 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Do you think this will work?

I'm sorry if this isn't the right place, but I couldn't think of any other place to post this!!!

Anyway, so I'm still young, but I like planning ahead (even if it WAAAY ahead) and I don't really know what I want to do when I grow up. One idea is the one I'm about to describe (which I love BTW ).

Ok, so I want to like open an academy for horse riding students. The place will have stables, where you can either stable your own horse (the monthly fee will be included in the amount your parents pay p/month), or you can ride a horse from the stables (a school horse). You will be assigned to a horse, and then that horse would be "yours" (like full baiting, except you pay nothing). Then there will be like this gigantic mansion with rooms. You can either share a room with someone (2 p/room), or you pay a little bit extra along with your entry fee, then you get your own room. You can stay at home and your parents drop you off in the mornings too, of course.

There will be regular classes (Math, History ect.), but there will be a period that has to do with horses. Like, you either go out riding or learn more about tack etc. Anybody can join, you don't have to be invited or whatever, but if you hurt the horses, or you can't work properly with them, you'll be kicked out or sent away for a certain period where you have to learn more at a local barn or whatever (the choice is yours).

The meals: Everybody will either sit at one big tables (depending on the number of students) and eat, or it will be like a regular cafeteria (with better food :P). I know I'll be totally broke for the first time, and it might take a few years before the thing starts working, but I'm up for that. This is NOT everything, just a mere sketch of the most important things. Do you think this is a good idea? Or will I go bankrupt (I'm marrying a rich guy if I marry at all :P)?
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With enough start up capital anything will work... for awhile.

In your demographic, will the area support such an endeavour?
Will you have enough students?
Will they be able to afford this academy?
Will you have qualified instructors and be able to pay them?
Will you have a nurse/health care professional on hand?
Can you attract qualified equine instructors?
Have you thought about liability insurance? Building insurance?
Do you have a local vet and farrier to keep these horses in tip top condition?
Do you have a hay, feed and bedding supplier?
Will you have a certified dietician for your cafeteria and enough staff to prepare, serve and clean up the meals?
You will also need management skills, do you have a business degree or equivalent?
Have you set up an advertising budget?
You will need an accountant, clerical staff and some kind of benefits package for your employees (to attract them and keep them).
You will need to keep payroll, accounts, invoices, etc.

This type of endeavour combines the headaches of personnel management, equine management, training, a boarding house and food services.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 12:25 PM
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Start-up capital will be your biggest initial hurdle, so marrying a rich guy should help with that :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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With enough start up capital anything will work... for awhile.

In your demographic, will the area support such an endeavour?
Will you have enough students?
Will they be able to afford this academy?
Will you have qualified instructors and be able to pay them?
Will you have a nurse/health care professional on hand?
Can you attract qualified equine instructors?
Have you thought about liability insurance? Building insurance?
Do you have a local vet and farrier to keep these horses in tip top condition?
Do you have a hay, feed and bedding supplier?
Will you have a certified dietician for your cafeteria and enough staff to prepare, serve and clean up the meals?
You will also need management skills, do you have a business degree or equivalent?
Have you set up an advertising budget?
You will need an accountant, clerical staff and some kind of benefits package for your employees (to attract them and keep them).
You will need to keep payroll, accounts, invoices, etc.

This type of endeavour combines the headaches of personnel management, equine management, training, a boarding house and food services.
I want to be a vet/farrier, and a qualified instructor, so those aren't such a big worry, but thanks so much! You helped a lot!!!
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If your only criteria for marriage is 'a rich guy', you're going to have some extremely stiff competition from all the other gold diggers.

You'd better be beautiful, intelligent, have a body that will stop a clock, and be completely without scruples, then you might have a chance at marrying rich.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 12:47 PM
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Well, a girl can dream, can't she? This sounds like one of the better ones a horse person can have.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-29-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Well, a girl can dream, can't she? This sounds like one of the better ones a horse person can have.
Yes, they call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one ;)
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