It occurred to me that the cheapest horse related businesses to set up are the services that you can take to other people without having to invest too much in tools – massage, farriery and equine dentistry. One that I hadn’t really considered came to mind yesterday and that’s providing a high turnout service in relation to shows.
There are people that attend shows and provide the service of competition presentation – washing, clipping, plaiting up and grooming horses before they are put into classes. It is possible to receive a reasonable sum per horse but it takes considerable time to prepare a horse for a show.
To be able to provide this service you’d need to:
– have your own set of clippers
– be familiar with the different types of clips for horses
– know how to pull manes/tails and trim bridle paths
– be familiar with plaiting
– know how to braid and do rosettes
– be good at grooming
– be comfortable with a number of different types of horses with varied dispositions.
Perhaps you’ve had a lot of practice due to competing your own horse or helping friends get ready. If so and you’re looking for a way to do something with horses and earn something while doing so, then maybe competition preparation is the way to go. If experienced in the area, it’s a service/business that could be started with the need for little capital. Just enough to get some clippers and grooming equipment.
For a horse to trust you, you must trust the horse.