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The business side of things …

I’m thankful that I understand what it takes to run a business. That doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement, but at least I do have a solid background to draw from. When I started my journey it certainly was a leap of faith. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. […]

Boarding other people’s horses, what does it take?

Based on the feedback and comments I’ve been receiving there are plenty of you that would love to set up a small to medium sized horse boarding stable or simply board other people’s horses as an extra source of income, but there is nowhere to go for real answers. There is also the common myth […]

Why Buy a New Horse?

The great outdoors – David Hasbury, Community Columnist
Published: January 21, 2009

Recently my wife Anita has been scouring the internet looking for a new horse — she has no intention of buying another horse, but just likes to window-shop, kind of “keeping her eye in” as she likes to say.

Truth is for some time now she has wanted to get a horse she can comfortably and safely jump fences with, not a show-jumper, but an event horse (low-level eventing she is quick to point out) and our current pair are not …

Keeping Things in Perspective …

I have to sneak this one in here quickly … I know I promised you an article on feeding routines and letting a lesson barn use your horse in exchange for training. And I haven’t forgotten.

But I found this fascinating and I have to share it with you …

Should Your Mare be Turned Out with Geldings?

I think your decision of moving your horse back to your mom’s farm was a very wise move.

Putting your girl with 12 geldings in a field based on her being “dominant” and not keeping a very watchful eye on her is not …

Some horses led to rescue, some led to slaughter

SPOKANE — Thousands of horse owners can’t afford to take care of their animals and are giving them up or abandoning them. Some are ending up in slaughterhouses, drawing protests from horse-lovers, but others say there’s no alternative.

Last year nearly 150,000 horses were …

First use of safety jump material at Wayne DuPage Horse Trials

With this log design, a horse may trip but is less likely to experience a dangerous rotational fall, protecting both horse and rider. …

Horses with no home: As economy falters, animals left behind in the wake

It’s a wet, sloppy Tuesday for the Missoula Livestock Exchange’s monthly horse auction.

Trailers rumble in, one after the other, just before the sale begins.

The air is taut with tension as owners unload their horses and park them in a sea of connecting metal corrals.

In this unfamiliar place, the horses whinny. They pin back their ears. Some kick out, lose their footing and fall down in the slippery muck. Others stand wide-eyed …

Economy Saddles Lovers of Horses with Hard Choices

By Matt Russell
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

If you’re looking to buy a horse, the good news is there are plenty on the market, and they’re cheaper than ever.

The bad news? Horse buyers often have the same problem horse sellers have these days: The rising cost of care forces them to get rid of the animals.

It’s a vicious cycle — the cost of care forces horses onto the market only to be purchased by new owners also can’t afford to care them — and it has horse lovers concerned about the animals’ welfare.

“People live in this fairy tale world when they think they want …

Plunging Horse Sales Market: The View from the Ring

by: Deirdre Biles
November 07 2008, Article # 13037

On day four of the plunging Keeneland November breeding stock sale market, here’s what people had to say about the situation:

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Virginia-based bloodstock agent: “The market is obviously a reflection of what the world is doing outside the horse business. The last people to get real in this business, in my opinion, are the consignors. There are buyers here, but they are being super, super selective. You can get good money for a mare, but you may not get as much as you would last year. You’re going to have to seriously discount …

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