Many people may not consider where horses go after their racing career. Still others may assume, or guess. I love the fact that some horses go on to breeding careers (generally if they’ve performed well on the track) or may be purchased by a keen equestrian who turns them to one day eventing.
It is now mandatory in Australia for owners to register where their race horses are to be retired. For the entrepreneur, perhaps an establishment that promotes their property as one that provides for the race horse after retirement, it may be possible to generate a client base and a name for what they do quickly.
Of course, an idea of what will be done with the horses after they’ve finished racing is necessary to be able to promote the idea. Would you:
- focus on retraining for another discipline (eventing, dressage, show jumping)
- provide land for the horses to be paddock companions as they age
- utilise the horses for educational classes that people can visit
- promote the thoroughbred breed and show off once famous race horses, as in the likes of Living Legends
I’d be willing to wager that some careers that relate to horses haven’t yet been thought of. If a new idea persists, consider the idea of being the person that introduces it to potential customers.
“Machinery may make for efficiency and a standardisation of life, but horse love is a bond of freemasonry which unites the entire race …” – William Fawcett