Owning a Horse Farm
Should You Own a Horse Farm?
Many people will tell you that horses have always been a part of their lives. Living on ranches and farms is common for many families in various parts of the United States, including Kentucky, where Lexington is considered the ‘Horse Capital of the World’. Rural areas across vast landscapes are ideal for raising the stunning animals that are symbolic of American culture, Americana, Bluegrass and other iconic influences. For others, having a horse might be more of a childhood dream. The fact of the matter is that owning a horse farm is a reality for many people.
Owning a horse farm is certainly not out of reach for anyone that has a passion for the animals. Moreover, housing even a single horse requires adequate land, facilities, equipment and most of all training in caring for the animals. A person may inadvertently come to own a horse farm over time as their family, or in this case, team grows. Let there be no mistake however, horses are not simply for recreation as some novices may believe, for many they are viewed as members of the human family and nurtured by their owners.
The decision to invest in a horse farm is certainly not one that should be taken lightly if you do not have experience working with the animals. Individuals and families that own horses have most often had them their entire lives, they are experienced in maintaining stables, providing food and grooming their beloved animals. Before delving into the lifestyle of farming, it is necessary to get as much experience as possible.
Common Roles at a Horse Farm
Horse farms consist of many different jobs that can help you become more familiar with caring for horses. For example, some people work as groomers while others tend to stalls or train future riders. Furthermore there are veterinarians, breeding experts, and exercise riders. Caring for many horses involves labor intensive work that often goes on from sun-up to sun-down and in several cases there are no nights or weekends off. Nurturing horses in a stable to ensure that they sheltered, fed, trained and in good health is an ongoing process. The upkeep of horses and their stables means that a good portion of the day is spent outside in the elements.
Individuals with little experience can gain more knowledge by working with horses to carry out important tasks such as feeding, cleaning, clothing, bathing and grooming horses. Additionally, since the upkeep of horse living areas requires a great deal of equipment, stable hands may be tasked with duties such as repairing equipment and performing minor fixes.
Choosing to venture into running or owning a horse farm is an investment. There are financial aspects of owning a horse, boarding them and training them that should always be considered. Depending on how large or how small your team is, you may also need to have several people working with you to upkeep your facilities.
Owning horses and nurturing them on a farm is a rewarding experience for many people, but not everyone is a good fit for the tasks at hand. Equine enthusiasts have certain characteristics that make them suitable for managing the care of horses with passion for the animals ranking high, a compassionate nature, physical strength, endurance, and a willingness to continue learning.
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