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Tips For Starting Your Own Horse Yard

For those who love horses, a dream job would be to own and operate their own stable yard so that they can board horses for others. Getting started with your own stable yard can be a difficult challenge. Below are some tips that can help you accomplish your goal.

The first consideration is the land. I would not recommend starting with anything less than twenty acres. That should give you enough room to build a stable for 10 to 20 horses along with room for grazing, barns and an arena. The more grazing acreage you can have the better.

Your stables will need to be well ventilated, sturdy, clean and spacious enough for the animals to lay down. There are a lot of different styles to choose from, but as long as they accomplish these goals, you are in good shape. You will also need to take into account the weather and therefore the temperature in the stable for the comfort of the horses. The more time you take to plan these things, the higher quality the construction will be and the more motivated horse owners will be to hire you to board their animals.

Special attention definitely needs to be give to the arena. While a spacious arena would be great, keep in mind that it will also be more expensive to build and maintain. It would be better to go with a smaller, but higher quality arena if you want to spend your money most efficiently. The surface of the arena is of particular importance. Consider something made of sand, fibre and ground rubber for an optimal surface. You will want to make sure it drains properly so that you don’t get a muddy mess in wet weather.

Another consideration is a sound system for your arena. Piping in music and other sounds will help get horses used to the sounds they will hear during a competition. Obviously, you will need speakers that are waterproof and suitable for the outdoors. To give you easy access to the sound you might consider a marine stereo with a wireless remote control.

Last, but certainly not least, you will need to look at installing a muck heap. Waste disposal should be placed close enough to the stable for convenience, but far enough away that it won’t endanger the health of the horses. Horse manure makes great fertilizer so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a local farmer who will want to haul it away regularly.

Getting Started In Equestrian

equestrian sports can be an exhilarating experience to say the least! But mounting one of those beautiful animals can also be dangerous if you aren’t sure what you are doing! We recommend that you educate yourself on the basics of good horsemanship before embarking on this great adventure. In addition, you will want to purchase the correct clothing and equipment to keep you safe.

To get started, there are a number of different resources that can help you find information about riding lessons, schools and camps. Try a local horse association, your town’s parks and recreation department, a 4H or FFA club, or you can even check with veterinarians who work with larger animals. Equestrian people know other equestrian people so start networking!

Finding a reputable trainer is important to ensure your safety and to start with good riding habits. People tend to stick with the habits that they form at the beginning to it is necessary to get it right from the start! It is much easier than having to start all over again. That is why a local parks and recreation department can be very helpful in this regard. They usually screen the trainers before they recommend them so that will give you and advantage.

4H and FFA clubs can also be good sources of information because these are the people who frequently use these services. You might even try checking at a local tack shop and speaking with the people who work there who might know a good trainer.

Equestrian sport is big business, so those who are heavily involved have a vested intrest in the quality of their trainers. Particularly breeders are great sources of information. You can find these people through local horse associations. Once you have your selection narrowed down, you should take the time to visit the barns and stables where these people work. A personal look can give you a good idea of the quality you should expect.

Once you find a trainer he or she can help you select the best horse for your type of riding. Thoroughbreds are the most popular for equestrian sports, but other popular breeds include Arabians, Hanoverians, Morgans, Quarter Horses and a few others. The trainer can also help you choose the proper riding apparel which should always include an authorized helmet and riding boots.

NEA Offers Equestrian Library

The Newfoundland Equestrian Association now offers a selection of DVDs and books that can help improve your equestrian skills. Anyone who is a member of the association can borrow these materials for free.

The DVDs cover subjects such as clipping techniques, understanding bits, various types of saddle fits, dressage and more. Not only do these videos teach techniques but they can help inspire beginning equestrians to greater achievement.

The books available are particularly beneficial to beginning riders. They cover what to look for when you purchase your first horse, the basics of how to build a course, the basics of horse tack and equipment, shoing, bandaging, and various types of exercises that can improve your skills. There are also many books for intermediate and advanced riders looking to find a winning edge.

We encourage everyone to make use of these fantastic materials. For a complete list of available DVDs and videos visit this page