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Turn Your Passion into a Profession
Your devotion to horses is the key ingredient in a profitable equestrian career. Now revised and expanded, Starting & Running Your Own Horse Business offers complete advice on putting your love for horses to work. A larger selection on safety, tax and insurance advice, and many new suggestions for starting successful equestrian businesses make this new edition the must-have book for horse entrepreneurs. An experienced stable manager and ...
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Turn Your Passion into a Profession
Your devotion to horses is the key ingredient in a profitable equestrian career. Now revised and expanded, Starting & Running Your Own Horse Business offers complete advice on putting your love for horses to work. A larger selection on safety, tax and insurance advice, and many new suggestions for starting successful equestrian businesses make this new edition the must-have book for horse entrepreneurs. An experienced stable manager and practicing veterinarian, Mary Ashby McDonald shares her money-making ideas and cost-saving techniques for launching and running a successful business.

"Now this is a really useful horse business guide...McDonald includes a variety of  money-saving and -making suggestions."
- Horse Country

"If you've ever thought about starting your own horse business, be sure to pick up, well, Starting & Running Your Own Horse Business."
- Horse & Rider

"The ideas in this book are accurate and solid. Unfortunately, along the way, I've made many of the classic business blunders Mary mentions [in this book]. Hopefully reading this will help others avoid the same mistakes in the future."
- Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis, Owner/Manager/Trainer, Sandron Farm

Learn How To:

  • Create a business plan that puts your existing horses and facilities to work
  • Manage your time, your money, and your employees
  • Choose affordable insurance coverage that keeps your customers and your horses safe and protects you from financial liability
  • Operate an exciting variety of horse ventures from camps to carriage services
  • Develop an appealing name, logo, and icon for your business
  • Identify the best marketing and advertising opportunities
  • Offer additional services your customers need: grooming, cleaning tack, transportation, catching and holding, consulting, administering medications
  • Reduce vet bills: implement sound preventative strategies and do your own vaccinating and deworming
  • Save on feed costs

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“Be sure to pick up…Starting & Running Your Own Horse Business. You’ll be hooked from the opening chapters on logos, barn colors, and business card designs, through the appendices full of handy forms, schedules and contact information. In between you’ll find detailed information on management, riding programs, boarding, leasing, breeding, buying/selling, cost-cutting, and more.” – Horse & Rider magazine

“…helps the horseman become more aware of his responsibilities as business manager and owner.” – Western Horseman

“…sound suggestions to the horseman-turned-businessman translate what’s going on at the barn into generally accepted accounting principles…” – Western Horseman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882669601
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Mary Ashby McDonald holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is the former manager of the 460-acre Medway Ranch in Austin, Texas.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

1 Creating an Image

2 Advertising and Promoting Your Business

3 Managing Your Business

4 Financial Management

5 Riding Programs, Boarding, and Leasing

6 Riding Camps

7 Moneymaking Events and Ideas

8 Buying and Selling Horses

9 Breeding Horses

10 Farm Property and Maintenance

11 Cutting Costs on Horse Care

12 Equipment Savings, Opening a Tack Shop

Appendices

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2001

    THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED TO GET!

    This is the best book I have ever read in my entire life. It inspired me to start my own horse business and I have made millions of dollars off of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2000

    A must-have for equine business entreprenuers

    The book includes Accounting 101 and several money-making tips. The author reminds you how to stay profit-oriented while still having fun. This book is excellent from the small horse business to the large stables. I highly reccommend it!

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