The Horses, Riding, Boarding
Doug and I went to the barn yesterday. We'll be bringing the horses home early this year. We need to find a way to make our own indoor arena viable. My horses are like my children. I need to be managing them. That's all I'll say about that. For now.
We free lunged over ground poles yesterday. Then I rode. Rogo was great.
We're exploring business ideas that would help sustain an indoor. I do know that I don't want a boarding barn. The profit margin in this region is too slim, it's tons of work, and there's potential for barn drama (a few boarders would be okay, but having a lot of boarders wouldn't be a good fit with trying to keep my own riding time, etc.). What other options are there? We'll partner with an experienced and well trained equestrian, so there are a variety of avenues we could take. Breeding, training, teaching, competition and clinic venue, ...
I don't have any illusions that a horse business is going to be a big money maker, and there's a big risk management piece to be done, but I think with careful planning and a little luck, a fun, satisfying and sustainable business can come together. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas and / or advice?
I was Director of Community, Culture and Economic Development for Halifax Regional Municipality when I retired early a few years ago. It was a large department with a big budget and I loved the work (events, heritage, recreation, culture, community development, etc., etc.), but hated the politics, so I left. After a break, I started a consulting business with a friend. We do management consulting for municipalities and we have quite a bit of work and have fun together. Life is good. The thing is, I like that work, and I'd like to keep doing a bit of it, but I don't love it. It isn't what I'm passionate about.
I wake up and fall asleep thinking about horses. I need to build more of it into my life instead of doing other work and paying someone to look after my horses in the winter.Sorry if this is rambling. I'm just thinking out loud... I think change is coming... Thanks for listening.