Today was a close to perfect day at work. Most of the staff and students are off at Oaklands Junction for the Great Southern Weanling Sale. I’m back at the education facility with a heap of marking to do.
But who gets to feed the horses whilst everyone is away? So this morning started with making up feeds for the geldings, dry and pregnant mares and then a stroll out with the wheelbarrow to deposit feeds and check everyone over, glance fences and stop an overflowing water trough.
Then into the office to report that all horses are standing, nothing has a leg hanging off or is walking on three legs. Onto some marking and then in the afternoon back out to do the feed run and check again. Today was a typically gorgeous autumn day and had me thinking about when myself and the better half will be purchasing our own property in the future.
I can think of nothing more appealing than heading out in the morning to check on client’s horses before going inside to deal with book work – or some horse related writing! – and then out again in the afternoon to check over stock before it gets dark.
I’ve been trying to chase up loan information of late due to a rather appealing property for sale just out of town. It turns out because the plan is to agist horses and therefore potentially earn an income, this would come under an agribusiness loan rather than a home loan.
For those of you considering the idea of agistment as a business, make sure you have a good business plan put together if still needing to purchase property. Considering agistment/grazing rites contracts before offering such services would probably also be worth your while.
Definitely the amount of land I’m seeking is mainly to be able to offer grazing to other horse owners – why not have them paying towards the mortgage?