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Tips for Schooling Students at Horse Shows

One of the most stressful responsibilities a riding instructor can undertake is schooling students at horse shows. It’s nothing like teaching riding lessons at home, and no matter how carefully you prepare there never seems to be enough time. This is especially true when schooling lots of students at horse shows. You can only give […]

Starting a Family-Owned Horse Business

Striking out on your own in the horse business might sound a bit too scary for contemplation, but what if you had a partner? Family-owned horse businesses fair extremely well because of the shared responsibility and creativity, but there are a few landmines you need to watch out for. Unequal Footing If you start a […]

Riding Instructor Specialty

Some might say that riding instruction is a specialty unto itself. It’s a narrow subset of the horse business as a whole, and it requires a specific set of skills and strengths. However, in my experience, riding instructors thrive when they specialize even further. A good friend of mine, for example, specializes in teaching very […]

Introducing the Horse Business Glossary

For a while now, I’ve been kicking around different ideas for making your life easier. One of the projects that I finally got off the ground was the horse business glossary, which is an organized list of horse business and equine-related terms organized alphabetically. The horse business glossary isn’t very big right now, but it’ll […]

Horse Training at Someone Else’s Facility

Purchasing an equestrian facility—or buying land and building it yourself—is expensive. Too expensive, in fact, for most start-up equestrian professionals. Unless you’ve won the lottery or inherited a chunk of change from Great Aunt Mabel, you might have to pursue horse training at someone else’s facility. This is not a bad thing. Lots of professional […]

Hiring Horse Business Employees

Most of us have been on one side of the interview process—in the chair across from the hiring manager—but sitting in the other chair is a whole different ball game. Interviewing potential horse business employees might sound like a cakewalk, but you must treat this process as more than a formality. You’ve already perused the […]